Nobuyoshi Watanabe was born in 1941 (Showa 16) in Kyoto. He completed his studies in Nihonga at Kyoto City University of Arts in 1964. In the same year, he was selected for inclusion in the 7th edition of Nitten for the first time. In 1966, he entered the school of Shincho-sha under Kayou Yamaguchi. In 1984, he participated in the formation of Yoko no Kai — a joint effort founded with the goal of exhibiting freely from the constraints of organizations — where he would go on to present his works for a decade. In 1998, he founded the Nihonga research group NEXT. In 2012, he received the Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Award for Distinguished Service. In 2015, as part of the 2nd edition of the new iteration of Nitten, he received the Prime Minister’s Award. He is currently a trustee of NItten and professor emeritus at Kyoto Seika University.