susumu maki

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Susumu Maki was born in 1936 (Showa 11) in Tokyo.  He began studying as an apprentice of Ryushi Kawabata in 1952, and in 1957, he was selected for the first time to be included in the Seiryu-sha Exhibition.  After Ryushi Kawabata’s passing in 1966, he began to create his work independently.  He received an award of excellence for his work in the 1975 edition of the Yamatane Museum of Art Awards Exhibition.  Upon receiving an invitation from the Soviet Ministry of Culture in 1979, Maki visited the Soviet Union as a member of the Japan-Soviet Arts Friendship Delegation.  In 1988, the exhibition The Literature of Kawabata, The Floral Paintings of Susumu Maki opened in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of Yasunari Kawabata’s death, whom Maki had exchanged with during Kawabata’s lifetime.  The Mitsukoshi Etoile gallery in Paris hosted a solo exhibition of his work in 1997, and in the following year, Maki received recognition from the Minister of Education for his achievements in expanding the world of the arts and developing friendly relations with foreign countries.  In 2000, he was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to present a lecture with the Oman Association of Artists at Sultan Qaboos University.