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Wako Shuji


Lithography and Gold Leaf

Wako Shuji describes his work as “…expressing my inner sense of Japanese tradition seen through my modern eyes.” His richly colored compositions feature traditional origami motifs such as cranes, traditional tops, and puzzles portrayed against intricately patterned textiles. The optical illusions in each give the impression of a subtle motion that appear, upon a second glance, to be suspended in time.

Wako-san’s deep, saturated colors, including resonant gold inks on black background, have a sumptuous beauty and appeal.

Wako-san was born in Sendai in 1953. He graduated from Zokei University, Tokyo in 1977, where he has taught from 1979 to the present. Wako-san has been highly awarded in Japan and has exhibited at numerous group and individual shows in Japan, the United States, Korea, Helsinki, Finland, Egypt, and Australia.


  • British Museum
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Gallery of the New South Wales
  • Singapore National Art Museum
  • Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
  • University of Cairo
  • Numerous corporate and private collections

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