Kiyoshi Saito Biography

Kiyoshi Saito

Japanese

1907-1997

Biography

Kiyoshi Saito was born on April 27, 1907 in Aizubange, Fukushima. He was known as a sosaku hanga artist in the 20th century of Japan. Saito's early works depicted villages that were populated by local Japanese men and women with a great degree of realism and three-dimensionality. He is famous for his "winter in Aizu" series, and he was one of the first Japanese printmaking artists to have won at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1951.

His later work merged modern elements of modernism, cubism, abstraction, and impressionism with Japanese tradition, after having been influenced by famous modern artists such as Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Gauguin, and Edvard Munch. He later died in 1997.