Masaaki Tanaka, Japan
Mr. Tanaka was born in Setagaya, Tokyo in 1947 and at attended Musashino Art University, majoring in Oil Painting. He educated himself in silkscreen after learning wood-block printmaking and stone lithography, while making repeated visits to Europe and the United States. His silkscreen show Matsuri (Festival) included thirty eight pieces at a solo exhibition in Tokyo. Masaaki had shown a series of new work on the cover page of The Shukan Shincho Weekly Magazine, one of Japan’s most famous weekly magazines, for ten years.
In the United States, Mr. Tanaka has exhibited his prints in such cities as New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hawaii. The most recent exhibition held in Plano, Texas, attracted more than two thousand two hundred peoples in a four-week period. His work is found in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Honolulu Museum of Art, Albrecht Fine Art Museum, Japan Foundation, and others. The Japanese government presented a print by Mr. Tanaka to President Reagan when he visited Japan.