Mikio
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News

& Current exhibitions

  • “Binômes” avec Hiroko Okamoto

    Galerie Peinture Fraîche, 29 rue de Bourgogne - 75007 Paris, France
    Tél. 01 45 51 00 85
    du 9 au 20 mars 2021

  • Miniprint Kazanlak, Bulgarie

    Special Curated Exhibition, Plovdiv, Mars 2021
    Art Gallery Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Juin 2021

  • Exposition personnelle “Éphémère immortel”

    Galerie l’Angélus, 34 Grande rue - 77630 Barbizon, France
    Tél. 06 16 40 33 43
    du 3 au 28 juin 2021

  • Exposition personnelle avec Karen Watanabé

    Musée Raymond Lafage, 10 rue Victor Maziès - 81310 Lisle-sur-Tarn, France
    Tél. 05 63 40 45 45
    du 19 juin au 31 octobre 2021

  • Exposition personnelle

    Galerie Gloux, 22 avenue du Docteur Nicolas - 29900 Concarneau, France
    Tél. 02 98 97 32 23
    du 27 août au 31 octobre 2021

About

the Artist

Born in 1954 in Yokohama, Japan.
After completing his studies in Tokyo, leaves Japan from Yokohama harbour in 1977, crosses Siberia and goes to Paris where he settles down to work.
From 1979 to 1981, he learns engraving techniques with S. W. Hayter at the Atelier 17, Paris.
Since 1981, he has dedicated his work to mezzotint.
Settles down in Pierric, Brittany.
In 2001, sets up a studio in Paris.

Personnal exhibitions

Technique

Mezzotint

Mezzotint was invented by an amateur artist, Ludwig von Siegen, in the 17th century.

By “rocking” the copper plate in different directions, with the implement called “rocker”, the groung is created by incising burrs.This enables the artist to produce a solid, matte surface that prints a velvet black when ink is applied to the plate.

The image is produced by “shaving the burrs” or delicately pushing the ground.The more the ground is pushed the shinier the plate becomes. This is known as burnishing.

Ink is applied on the copper by hand, and then wiped with cheese cloth, printing is done in an etching press.

Get to the Mezzotint gallery

Awards

& Bibliography

  • First Prize in the Classial Printmaking
    Miniprint Kazanlak

    Bulgaria - 2018

  • Grand Prix
    4th International Mezzotint Festival

    Ekaterinbourg, Russia - 2017

  • Laureat
    3ème Triennale de Gravure en taille douce

    Lisle-Sur-Tarn, France - 2015

Awards & Public collections
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