hiroshi sugimoto

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Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in 1951 (Showa 26) in Tokyo.  In 1977, he completed his graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts.  In the following year of 1978, his work was selected for inclusion for the first time in the Nisshun-ten Exhibition.  He began an apprenticeship under Toichi Kato during the same year.  In 1983, his work was selected for inclusion for the first time in the Nit-ten Exhibition.  In 1989, he created paintings on fusuma (sliding screens) for the sacred shrine Izumo Taisha Osaka Bunshi.  In 1999, he painted wall murals at the Sanshuuden of Keihin Fushimi Inari Jinja shrine. In 2004, he was named a Cultural Exchange Messenger by the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, and in the same year, he opened his 19th solo exhibition, Hiroshi Sugimoto - Ink, at Victoria Art Gallery in Canada.  In 2008, his work was included in Bridge Across the Pacific: Canada-Japan Art Exchange at the Takamadonomiya Gallery at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo.  In 2010, he contributed work to CANADA ART JAM, which took place at the Collective Works Gallery, Emily Carr House, Water Front Gallery, and Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria.  From 2011-2013, he participated in a charity exhibit for the Great East Japan Earthquake at Ome Municipal Museum of Art. He is currently active as a Cultural Exchange Messenger for the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, board chairman of cultural exchange organization Enza, lecturer for Yokohama University of Art and Design, and a member of Nihon Bijutsuka Renmei (Japan Artists Association).