Artist Muramasa Kudo is said to have a surgeon’s wrist, which he uses to make Western-influenced Japanese art prints (called Ukiyo-e, meaning literally, “pictures of the floating world”). His wide range of experiences define his work: Kudo spent part of his childhood living on the streets but went on to win three world titles in calligraphy. He had a successful career as a chef and restauranteur but gave it up to immigrate to the United States and become an artist. Today he’s world-renowned—Francis Ford Coppola, Brad Pitt and Bill Clinton all have his work in their collections—for delicate watercolors, expressive brush strokes and elegant line paintings of women.
from West Hollywood, CA