Masuichi Oguchi Biography

Masuichi Oguchi




Printmaker and painter Masuichi Oguchi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1918. He trained at the National Academy of Painting (Kokugai-kai) and participated in his first major print exhibition in 1957 at the International Print Biennale, Tokyo. He is credited with helping found Japanese Realism in the 1960s and for creating a new type of relief print using clay plates in 1955.

Exhibitions: Nichido Prints Grand Prix in 1970, ’71, and 1994; International Print Triennial Exhibition, Krakow, 1994; “Another Print System Exhibition”, Gallery Space 21, Japan, 1997, ’98, ‘99; the Fujimi City Artists Exhibition Vol. 3: “The World of Masuichi Oguchi”, 2204; Toho Gallery (solo; final exhibition), 2007; among others. 
Oguchi died on December 1, 2009.

Oguchi's work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, Washington, D.C.; the Minneapolis Art Institute, MN; the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and the Independent Administrative Institution National Museum of Art, Tokyo.

1957: Nagano Prefecture Shinshu Art Association Award
1960: Shell Art Award
1994: Nichido Prints Grand Prix Exhibition award