Shoto Kimura (real name
is Shouichi) was born in Gojo-zaka, Kyoto in 1930. Gojo-
zaka is a town where meny famous ceramic and porcelen
artists had lived. His father Kazuo was a ceramist whoes
name's Seizan VII (another pseudonym is Niheishi).
He went to Art University of Kyoto skip a year. But an
era was in disoder after world war II. When he was an Art
colledge student, to support his family, began to draw
illustration and figure for some magazins and news
His first success was illustration and comic.
But real an aim in his life was establishment
own Art. After various attempt, he discovered own arts -
it was "SENSHI".
He looked for subject in Japanes classical
culture. Noh, Kyogen, Bunraku and Kabuki.
His later works looked like his corpus. He found out new
subject in his inner memories
of a child age. It was a nostalgic old and
good era, despite darkness pre-world war II.
He worked his gut out. Delicate line was drew by a pen,
and paper cut outing with amazing skills.
His posthumous works are touching many people's hearts
still now. - Shouichi died in his home town Kyoto in
Seizan of KYOTO Established 1996