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Artwork by Motoi Oi

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About the Artist

Motoi Oi was born in Japan in 1911. Trained in both Western and Eastern art techniques, he began his career in Japan where he was commissioned to execute a number of murals. Following World War II, his art was exhibited throughout Japan, including Tokyo, Kyoto. In the late 1950's, Motoi moved to the United States. Living in New York in the 1960’s, he began teaching art at Queen's College, and at the Brooklyn Institute of Art & Science. During that time, he founded the Sumi-e Society of America, in an effort to foster and encourage an appreciation of Japanese brush painting. Motoi received the Rising Sun Decoration from the Emperor of Japan for his work in US-Japanese cultural relations. His prints and paintings are found in numerous important collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery in Washington. Primarily known as a printmaker and painter, Motoi, at age 93, now focuses on Sumi-e painting.