Hiroshi Senju
Nihonga painter
Born in 1958 in Tokyo, Hiroshi Senju graduated with a major in nihonga (Japanese-style painting) from the Department of Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1982. He completed his doctoral course at the same university in 1987. His work was selected for the cover of Art Now Gallery Guide following a private exhibition held in New York in 1993. He was the first Asian artist to receive an Honorable Mention at the Venice Biennale in 1995 for his work “THE FALL.” He completed the painted fusuma (paper sliding doors) for the Ito annex of the Juko-in sub-temple of the Daitoku-ji temple in 2002, and the fusuma for the main temple in 2013. In 2018, he completed a series of painted fusuma for the Kongobu-ji temple, the main temple of the Koyasan Shingon Sect temple grounds, located on Mount Kōya. One of Japan’s best-known painters, Senju is a recipient of numerous awards including the Isamu Noguchi Award and the Eagle on the World Award. His work is highly acclaimed internationally and his paintings are on display in major museums in Japan and the United States. photo : Kazuya Yamaguchi