Ryo Date was born in 1962 in the Shouzu district of Kagawa prefecture. During her graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts, as a replication team, she visited Dunhuang, China. After completing her graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1987, she was selected for inclusion for the 72nd Inten Exhibition. In 1989, as part of the restoration of Nara prefecture’s Yakushiji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, she was responsible for reviving the color of two Deva King figures.
At the World Exposition in Seville, Spain, held in 1992, she was in charge of reproducing Azuchi castle sliding door panel paintings.
In 1993, her work entered a group exhibition, Yuuga no Kai, an exhibition of young Nihonga artists, was acquired by the Ministry of Justice. Known for her landscape paintings, Date depicts a range of subjects including her hometown, villages or towns for which she has a close affinity, plants that color the four seasons, animals, and more. Each of her works is rendered with a sense of nostalgia and intimacy, bringing a tranquility to the heart of the viewer. She is especially recognized for her sensibility with water and light and surface of the water.
In recent years, she has broadened her vision beyond Japan, creating landscapes that portray the Sakura trees of Washington D.C. Her work is in the public collection of Tokyo University of the Arts, Hiroshima City University, Sato Sakura Museum, Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.