Koukei Tsuruya

Making multicolored woodblock prints all by himself
An independent woodblock artist

Born in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa in 1946 with the name Mitsui Gen.

After 22 years of producing kabuki actor prints at Kabukiza Theatre, the artist released a series of self-portraits "Loneliness," "Cat Kabuki" with love for his cat, and illusionistic "Five Subjects Dedicated to Arcimboldo."

He is now working on "Five Styles of Banzai-Ukiyoe," the series of portraits of Ukiyo-e artists.