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Born 1945, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.

“Eshi (Japanese word for someone who draws)”.

Raised in Osaka since 4 years of age, engrossed in drawing and playing.  In the 1970’s, his original style of drawing gathers attention of notable artists and writers of the time such as Shuji Terayama and Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, and makes a debut on the Heibon Punch magazine.

After publishing his first book, Saeki Toshio Gashu, has solo exhibit in Paris of the drawings from the book, but has all the artworks stolen.

Has been active both within and outside Japan ever since, and has received rave reviews, especially in overseas, being called “Godfather of Japanese erotica.”

Combining Edo era Ukiyoe, Pop Art, and his own original sophisticated aesthetics, creates a colorful and sensational world of eros, humor and horror to shock and enchant the observer.

Creates the drawings using original method called “chinto printing” which is much like the Ukiyoe style where the “eshi” draws the art and the “surishi” prints it.  This gives a special character to the artworks.

In recent years, Saeki has had exhibits in USA and France, all of them being received with much critical acclaim.   Perhaps this is because his works show much respect to the Japanese tradition of Ukiyoe, but at the same time has the powerful effect to destroy all preconceived ideas and show the observer what is “real.”  This is what makes his works universal.

Major publications include:  Akaiahako,  Saeki Toshio 70, Chimushi, Chimushi 2 Go, Showa Wanpaku Asobizukan etc.

 

 

1945 Born, Miyazaki prefecture in Japan. Grows up in Osaka from age of four.

1963 Graduates from Western Painting Department at Kyoto Municipal Hiyoshigaoka High School and starts to work in design firm and advertising agency in Osaka.

1966 Travels to Russia, Middle East and South East Asia.

1969 Moves to Tokyo. Spends time in tiny apartment, experiencing to explore own unique style.

1970 Praised by Shuji Terayama, a poet, writer, film director, photographer and Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, a novelist and art critic, that leads to feature in ‘Heibon Punch’ magazine.

First publication ‘Saeki Toshio Gashu(Works of Saeki Toshio)’ published by Agleman Publishing, Tokyo.

Solo Exhibition in Paris, all work from this first publication are exhibited, but completely stolen and never recovered.

1971 Second publication ‘Saeki Toshio Gashu’ published by Gakugei Shorin, Tokyo.

1972 Third publication ‘Akai-Hako(Red Box)’ along with limited edition boxes, published by Ashiga Shoten.

Solo Exhibition at Gallery Decor, Tokyo.

1975 Solo Exhibition at Tokyo Gallery, and travels to Sendai, Morioka and Fukushima.

1979 Published book artworks are made into the theatrical animation in France. The title is ‘Perhaps I Will be Late for Class Tomorrow’, directed by Michelle Bosch, Argos Film Production. The film wins Best Short Animation Award at 1979 Cesar Award.

1985 Solo Exhibition at Gray Box Gallery, San Jose, CA.

1990 Moves to a old farm house in the small town of Ichikawa, Chiba.

‘Japon Intime’ published by Albin Michelle, France.

1992 ‘Saeki Toshio Yoga-Kan(Apparition House)’ published by Arachi Shuppan, Tokyo.

1995 ‘Chimushi I(Dimentia Insects)’ published by Editions Treville, Tokyo.

Solo Exhibition at Azzolo, Tokyo.

1996 ‘Chimushi II’ published by Editions Treville, Tokyo and Dr. Timothy Leary writes foreword for this book.

Solo Exhibition at Azzolo, Tokyo.

1997 Participates in ‘Contemporary Japanese Erotica’ exhibition in Los Angeles, CA.

1999 ‘Yume Manji (Dream Swastika)’ published by Jiyu Kokumin-Sha.

Solo Exhibition at Span Art Gallery, Tokyo.

2000  Displays a 33′ x 30′ giant mural painting for the stage at ‘Ozzfest’ Rock Festival in USA.

2001 Solo Exhibition at Chuo University Art Gallery.

‘Saeki Toshio Inkenka(Lustful Sword Flowers)’ published by Kawade Shobo, Tokyo.

2002 Solo Exhibition at Span Art Gallery, Tokyo and Trance Pop Gallery, Kyoto.

Participates in ‘Art & Lust’ exhibition in Miami, FL.

‘Chimushi – revised version)’ published by Editions Treville, Tokyo.

‘Earliest Works of Toshio Saeki’ published by Seirin Kogei-Sha, Tokyo.

2003 ‘Gokuraku-Cho (Pictures from Heaven)’ published by Sawarabi Book Kobo, Tokyo.

2004 Solo Exhibition at Span Art Gallery, Tokyo and Trance Pop Gallery, Kyoto.

‘Saeki Toshio Jonen Emaki(Dreadful Picture Scroll)’ published by Seirin Kogei-sha, Tokyo.

2005 Solo Exhibition at Naruse Bijyutsu-Za, Tokyo, JAPAN.

2006 ‘Saeki Toshio 70’ published by Seirin Kogei-sha, Tokyo, JAPAN.

Solo Exhibition at Span Art Gallery, Tokyo and Trance Pop Gallery, Kyoto, JAPAN.

Participates in ‘Jyomon Period and the Contemporary World’ exhibition at Aomori Prefecture Museum, JAPAN.

2007 ‘Akai-Hako(Red Box)- revised version’ published by Wairea Publishing, Tokyo, JAPAN.

Participates in ‘Tatsuhiko Shibusawa Fantacy Museum’ exhibition at Saitama Prefecture Museum, JAPAN.

Solo Exhibition at Trance Pop Gallery, Kyoto, Span Art Gallery, Tokyo, Subterraneans, Osaka, JAPAN.

2009 ‘Saeki Toshio Ongakuno-Shigoto(Artworks for Music)’ published by Trans Pop, Kyoto, JAPAN

Solo Exhibition at Span Art Gallery, Tokyo and Trance Pop Gallery, Kyoto, JAPAN.

2010 Solo Exhibition at John McWhinnie@ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York, NY, USA.

‘Onikage’ published by Last Gasp, San Francisco, CA, USA.

2011 ‘Yumegakure Hebimaru’ published by Ugetu Syoukai, Tokyo.

Solo Exhibition at Span Art Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN.

2013 Solo Exhibition at BA’ALEI HAMELACHA, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL.

Solo Exhibition at The Print House Gallery, London,UK.

 

 

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