George Miyasaki Biography

George Miyasaki




George Miyasaki, painter, printmaker, and teacher, was born in Kalopa, Hawaii in 1935. He arrived in California in 1953 with the intention of pursuing a commercial art degree at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. After a short time, he was persuaded by Manuel Neri, Bruce McGaw, and other friends to switch his major to fine arts. Miyasaki studied painting with Richard Diebenkorn, printmaking with Leon Goldin, and Nathan Oliveira introduced him to color lithography in 1956.

Miyasaki quickly grasped the basic concepts and produced a highly experimental body of color lithographs. A few of these lithographs were exhibited at the Fourth International Biennial of Contemporary Color Lithography at the Cincinnati Art Museum that same year. Miyasaki earned his M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1958, and the following year his work was included in the American Prints Today traveling exhibition. In 1961, a solo exhibition of his work was held at the Paul Kantor Gallery in Los Angeles. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 1963 and traveled to Europe and it was during this time that he worked at Atelier 17 in Paris.


From 1958-1964, he was an Assistant Professor at California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland.  During that period, he was a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University for one year.  In 1964 Miyasaki joined the Department of Art Practice where he started as a Lecturer, then moved to Assistant Professor and retired as Full Professor in 1994.   While at Berkeley, he designed and developed a world-class printmaking studio, still in use today. Upon his return from Europe in 1964, Miyasaki was hired by the University of California Berkeley to teach printmaking and drawing.

Miyasaki's work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions. Besides the Guggenheim Fellowship, he was awarded a Ford Foundation grant and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. His work is included in the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pasadena Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, The Walker Art Center and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Miyasaki continued to live and work in Berkeley until his death on October 21, 2013.