The Japanese Style Painter Masami Yamada




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Masami Yamada  
Artist / Japanese Style Painter
(Full time/ Independent from any painter's organizations)
Currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
Special Skills
  -Japanese Style Painting
(a) Use of traditional Japanese painting techniques with rock pigments
and soft brushes onto Washi or Japanese hand made paper and cloth
(silk, hemp and cotton)
(b) Making pigments from rocks Grading of particles of rock pigments
Washing for earth colors
  -Treating Washi or Japanese hand-made paper and cloth
(c) Backing / (d) Gluing
(e) Making traditional art form, such as hanging scroll and etc.
  -Restoration of old Japanese Style Painting  
  -Printing Skills
(f) Silk screen / (g) Lithograph / (h) Wood block / (i) Thermal graph / (j) Digital print (Rockgraph)
Permanent Painting Displays

Parliament House of Papua New Guinea
Embassy of Japan in Nepal
Embassy of Japan in India
Embassy of Japan in Australia
Art Gallery of NSW in Australia

  Japanese / English  
  Fellowship by Japan Foundation (1999)
Award of Certificate for Cultural Exchange between Japan and India from Japanese Ambassador to India (1997)
Fellowship by ICCR, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (1990)
Mayoral Ambassador Status by Cairns City Council, Australia (1988)
Merit of Cultural Exchange by Manly City Council, Sydney Australia (1983)
Non-profit Works and Activities
  Chairman, Japan-Bhutan Art Committee (2003)
Director Art, Namgyal Institute for Research on Ladakhi Art and Culture, Ladakh India (1997)
Chairman, Indo Japan Art Institute Trust, New Delhi India (1996)
Art Director, “Indo WeekEat Exposition of Shinshu, Nagano Prefecture Japan (1993)
Member, Rotary Club of Nagano North (1993)
Adviser, Art Advisory Board of Houston International Festival Inc., Houston U.S.A. (1991)
TV Programs
  Special Feature on YAMADA “Super TimeEFuji TV, Japan (1986)
“Painting Bird of Paradise in Heavy SnowfallESBC, Japan (1983)
“Leyland BrothersEChannel 7, Australia (1982)
“Tooku e IkitaiENihon TV, Japan (1981)
“Weekend MagazineEABC, Australia (1980)
-President, Mauna Kea Ski Club
-Joins the Ski Expedition through European Alps over 170 km
-Founds Ski Club of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
-Japan Air Lines featured Yamada in its commercial for Hokkaido Ski Tour
-Specially fond of mountain skiing in deep powder snow
-Coordinates NHK TV’s documentary involving deep sea diving
-Dives in Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Fiji, Japan and etc.
Breeding fire flies and tree frogs, Carpentry, Cooking, Playing music and Operating snow weasel and Buck hoe
Go Back to: Biography
2006 Exhibition ”Masami Yamada-Tibetan Festival of Mask DanceEat Gokokuji-Temple in Tokyo,
organized by Liaison Office H.H.The Dalai Lama for Japan & East Asia
Supported by Gokokuji-temple and Indo-Japan Art Institute Trust
Exhibition "Masami Yamada" at Tokyo American Club
2004 Contributes weekly essays with his paintings on the ALLABOUT website for 40 weeks
  Directs Japanese Style Painting technique and Japanese culture training in Japan for two Principals of National Institute for Traditional Art and Crafts, Royal Government of Bhutan, organized by Japan Bhutan Art Committee and sponsored by Japan Foundation
2003 Exhibition "Masami Yamada - Owls in the Moon Light" at Gallery Kabutoya in Ginza, Tokyo
  Establishes Japan- Bhutan Art Committee, pointed as a Chairman
2002 Shifts from India to Japan
2001 Directs Japanese painting Exhibition of Linden Art Club at the Japan Foundation, New Delhi. Exhibition organized by Indo Japan Art Institute, supported by Japan Foundation
1998 Awarded Fellowship by Japan Foundation to teach Japanese Painting Techniques in New Delhi and in Indian Himalayas
1997 Paints"The Land Beyond", a series of 3 posters on Ladakh for the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India
  Facilitated by the ambassador of Japan in India through the Award of Certificate for meritorious promotion of cultural exchange between Japan and India
Appointed as Director Art in NIRLAC, the Namgyal Institute for Research on Ladakhi Art and Culture (Himalaya)
  Exhibition "One Japanese Painter's India" at Embassy of India in Tokyo and Kokusai 21 Gallery in Nagano, supported by Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of India in Japan, Nagano Prefecture Government, and Japan Air Lines
  Exhibition "Namaste India" at India International Center Annex Gallery on the occasion of the opening of the new gallery
1996 Establishes Indo Japan Art Institute Trust as a chairman in New Delhi
  Shifts from Japan to India and set up a Painting Studio
1993 Becomes a member of Nagano North Rotary Club, Nagano Prefecture
  Invited by Ministry of Tourism, India to be a Guest Observer in India
  Organizes "Indo Week" at Japan Exposition in Shinshu, Nagano, Japan as the Art Director
1992 "Masami Yamada + Jose Zaragoza Art Exhibition" organized by Seiren Co., Ltd. at Seiren Art Gallery in Tokyo
1991 Appointed as Adviser, Art Advisory Board of Houston International Festival Inc., U.S.A.
  Directs"Houston International Festival Salute to Japan", the largest international festival in North America as the Art Director
  Paints the Official Poster for "Houston International Festival Salute to Japan" in U.S.A.
1990 Visits India for 3 months as Research Fellow of Indian Council for Cultural Relations
1988 Awarded Mayoral Ambassador Status by Cairns City Council, Australia
  Exhibition "One Japanese Painter's Australia," organized to commemorate Australian Bicentenary, held in Tokyo, Nagano, Gold Cost, Cairns and Manly, supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Australia Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Australia, Qantas Airways, and Government of Nagano Prefecture and Taito City in Tokyo
1985 Invited to "Memphis in May Festival in U.S.A. Also, drove across 25 States and to Canada, supported by Nissan Auto Mobile Co., Ltd
1984 At the request of Japanese Government, paints"Bird of Paradise" folding screen, National Present to the new Parliament House of Papua New Guinea
  Helps forming Sister-City relations between Manly City(Sydney)and Taito City(Tokyo)
  Exhibition "One Japanese Painter's Australia" in Tokyo,, Shizuoka, Osaka, Ueda and Nagoya, under the auspicious of Seibu Group, supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Australian Embassy in Japan
1982 "Papua New Guinea Art Exhibition" at Mitsukoshi Department Store in Ginza, Tokyo and Iiyama, Nagano
1981 Invited by UTA French Airlines for sketching trip to Tahiti and New Caledonia
1980 Exhibition “One Japanese Painter’s Papua New Guinea” in Broken Hill, Manly, Albury, Orange and Taree under the auspicious of N.S.W. Art Gallery Association and Embassy of Japan in Australia
1979 Paints two Posters for Air Niugini, the national airlines of Papua New Guinea
1977 Founds a Japanese Style Painting School in Iiyama, Nagano
1976 Invited to Papua New Guinea by the Government of Papua New Guinea
1975 Exhibition “Tropical Birds and Flowers” in Ginza, Tokyo
1973 Sets up a Mountain Studio in the forest of Iiyama, Nagano
  Becomes independent from any painter’s organization
1972~67 Six paintings selected for the Annual Exhibitions of Japan Academy of Arts or INTEN
1969 Receives Master’s Degree from the Department of Japanese Style Painting, Tokyo National University of Arts and Music
1966 Graduates from the Department of Japanese Style Painting, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
1956 Graduates from Tokyo National University of Education attached High School
1944 Enters Tokyo National University of Education attached Elementary School
1938 Born on February 22 in Tokyo, Japan
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