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Biography Kitaoka, Fumio (1918 - 2007)
Fumio Kitaoka was born in Tokyo. At the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, where he was admitted in 1937, Fumio Kitaoka studied (Western) oil painting with Takeji Fujishima and moku-hanga with Hiratsuka Un'ichi. After the war he was further influenced by Kôshirô Onchi and his Ichimokukai - First Thursday Society. In 1955-1956 he studied wood engraving in France. He is one of the more important post-war Sôsaku Hanga artists. He had many solo exhibitions and participated in international biennales. To quote Helen Merritt: "After passing through realistic and abstract stages, Kitaoka's mature style embraces both realistic representation and abstraction in carefully designed and often brightly colored landscapes".