Mikio
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News

& Current exhibitions

  • Salon de Printemps

    Espace Culuturel et de Congrès la Fleuriaye, Carquefou, France
    du 6 mars au 17 mars 2020

    Carton d'invitation
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  • « Harmonie avec la Nature »

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France
    du 27 mars au 2 mai 2020

    Carton d'invitation
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  • Échange Corée – Japon

    Galerie 8, 89 Avenue Daumesnil – 75012 Paris, France
    du 30 mars au 11 avril 2020

    Carton d'invitation
  • 113e Salon des Artistes Orléanais

    Collégiale Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier, Orléans, France
    du 9 au 24 mai 2020

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.

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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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