b. 1944     Artist CV

KOBAYASHI Keisei was born in Shimane prefecture, Japan in 1944. Kobayashi worked as a professor at Tama Art University since 1997. Afterwards, he has been appointed as an honorary professor since 2014. Kobayashi is currently the President of the Japan Print Association. Together with Nakabayashi Tadayoshi and Noda Tetsuya, they are also known as the most representative masters in the print industry in Japan.

Selected Exhibitions: “Sunrises Again – Artworks by Keisei Kobayashi” (Asia Art Center, Shanghai, China, 2021), “Right Place Right Time: Artworks by Keisei Kobayashi & Chen Qi” (Asia Art Center, Beijing, China, 2019), “The 79th Exhibition of Japan Print Association” (Kyoto City Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan, 2011), “Solo Exhibition” (Otsu Gallery, Osaka, Japan, 2009), “Solo Exhibition” (Kobundo Gallery, Obihiro, Japan, 2009), “Solo Exhibition” (Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008), “Keisei Kobayashi: Wood Engraving 1978-2005” (Art Museum of Woo Jae Gil, Gwangju, Korea, 2007), “Contemporary Art in Shiga vol.3 Keisei Kobayashi: Retrospective Wood Engraving 1977-2004” (Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Otsu, Japan, 2005), “Keisei Kobayashi: Wood Engraving 1997-2005”, (Guanajuato Alhondigade Granaditas Museum, Mexico, 2005), “Keisei Kobayashi, Wood Engraving, Bangkok 2004” (Silpercorn University Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand, 2004), “Keisei Kobayashi Wood Engraving” (Guanajuato University Art Gallery, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2003), “Solo Exhibition” (Gallery Oishi, Fukuoka, Japan, 1996), “Illusionary Vision: Wood Engraving by Keisei Kobayashi” (Higashihiroshima City Museum of Art, Japan, 1994), “Wood Engraving by Keisei Kobayashi” (Shima Museum, Toba, Japan, 1994),

Public Collections: British Museum (UK), Royal College of Art (UK), Washington The Library of Congress (USA), Washington State University (USA), University of Alberta (Canada), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia), Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (New Zealand), Ljubljana International Art Center (Slovenia), Alhóndigade Granaditas Museum (Mexico), Museo Mural Dirgo Rivera (Mexico), University of Guanajuato (Mexico), Gwangju Museum of Art (Korea), Chosun University (Korea), Transnational Law and Business University (Korea), Zhejiang Art Museum (Hangzhou), Museum of China Academy of Art (Hangzhou), He Xiangning Art Museum (Shenzhen), Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taipei), Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei), Museum of National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei)

Japanese Collection Organizations: The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), Tama Art University Art Museum, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Library of Kyoto Seika University, The Museum of Modern Art Kamakura & Hayama, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (Ibaraki), Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Okazaki City Museum, Niigata City Art Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (Toyama), Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Art, The Museum of Modern Art (Saitama), Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Ome Municipal Museum of Art, Kurobe City Art Museum, Suzaka Hanga Museum Hiratsuka Unichi Hanga Museum, Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Modern Art (Wakayama), Shimane Art Museum, Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Higashihiroshima City Museum, Shimonoseki City Art Museum, The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Kochi Art Museum, Kami City Museum, Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum, Sakima Art Museum.

Awards: “Superior Prize at the 2nd Japan Contemporary Print Grand-Prize Exhibition, 1978”, “Won the 1st place of prize-nomination at the 10th Print Grand- Prize Exhibition, 1979”, “Won the 2nd place of prize-nominationat the 12th Print Grand-Prize Exhibition, 1981”, “Won Grand-Prize at the 2nd Seoul International Miniature Print Biennale, 1982”, “Won the Superior Work Prize at the 3rd Wakayama Print Biennale, 1989”, “Won Bridgestone Museum of Art Prize at the 19th Contemporary, 1989”, “Won the Fine Work Prize at the 1st Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Print, 1990”, “Won the Superior Work Prize at the 16th Japan-France Contemporary Art Exhibition, 1990”, “Won the Organizer’s Special Prize at the Osaka Triennale, 1991”, “Won the Purchase Prize at the 4th Wakayama Print Biennale, 1991”, “Won the Grand-Prize at the 2nd Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Print, 1993”, “Won Bronze Prize at the 1st International Print Biennale of Beijing 2003, 2003”, “Received a Purple Ribbon Medal, 2006”.


Transferred Soul – Foreboding・A

Transferred Soul – Gunbu 97・3C

Transferred Soul – Gunbu 99・3A

Transferred Soul – Foreboding・A

Illusional Planet – Space Wonder Land 94-11

Illusional Planet – 97-3B・C

Illusional Planet – 97-3C・C

Illusional Planet – 97-3D・C

At the Dawn – 03AC・Tree

At the Dawn – Gunbu・05D

At the Dawn – Sunrises Again 2013A

At the Dawn – 05B・C

Sunrises Again – Space Wonder Land 2015A

Sunrises Again – Space Wonder Land 2015B

Sunrises again・Eden 08A・C

Sunrises again・Eden 08C・A

Transferred Soul – Epilogue and Prologue・A

Transferred Soul – Roots・A


To the Universe – Eden・2

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