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Kiyoshi Saito

Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997), born in Fukushima prefecture, was a Japanese painter and woodblock artist known for his prints characterized by flat areas of color and solid textures.  In 1932 he moved to Tokyo, where he studied painting at the Hongo Painting Institute. While exhibiting his oils, he began making woodblock prints by cutting and printing from a single block.  By 1937, he focused on only making woodblock prints and produced the Winter in Aizu series in 1938. From 1956 onwards, he exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. In his later years, he focused on figure subjects and then moved on to Buddhist subjects and the buildings and culture of Kyoto.

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