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Yukio Fukazawa is a well-known contemporary Japanese artist and the head of Japan Print Association (JPA). His medium is not the traditional woodblock, but copperplates.
Yukio was born in Yamanashi Prefecture. During World War II he was injured in an air attack by US bombers on Tokyo. He kept a life-long disability in walking from this injury.
In 1948 Fukazawa graduated from the Tokyo Art College. He studied the technique of copper engraving, partly self-taught and partly at the art college. It should remain his favorite medium.
In the 50s and 60s the young contemporary Japanese artist gained the attention of the Japanese art community and later in the 70s of an International audience.
In 1963 Fukazawa was invited by the Mexican government to teach copper engraving. During his stay in Mexico he was captured by the ancient civilizations of the Aztec and Maya indios. Under this influence the artist's print style became more colorful.
Yukio Fukazawa prints are characterized by his thrive to express inner feelings and thoughts. Art critics used the expression lyrical prints to describe the works of this great contemporary Japanese artist.
In 1991 the Yamanichi Prefectural Museum of Art had a great retrospective showing 200 works by the artist. Today the copper engravings of Yukio Fukazawa are exhibited in major museum collections. The New York Modern Art Museum and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art are only two of them.
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