About Toshi Yoshida

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Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995)

Toshi Yoshida
Toshi Yoshida

Toshi Yoshida’s woodblock prints, ranging from traditional Japanese cultural subjects to evocative abstract images and powerful depictions of animals in their natural habitats, have given the artist an international reputation for excellence.

One Day in East Africa 07 (1982). Toshi Yoshida. Woodblock print, handcut by the artist, with zinc effect (10.5 x 23.6), edition of 1000. SKU: TY07

Born in Tokyo, the eldest son of renowned painter and woodblock print artist Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) and artist Fujio Yoshida (1887-1987), Toshi Yoshida was raised immersed in art.

Toshi Yoshida’s mother Fujio Yoshida (1904)

Branching into other art media, later generations of Yoshida artists have continued to burnish the Yoshida name.

The Yoshida Family in 1949 (from left): Toshi Yoshida’s mother Fujio Yoshida, brother Hodaka Yoshida, father Hiroshi Yoshida, Toshi and Kiso (nee Katsure) Yoshida, and four of their eventual five sons. Photo: Kate Lee Daugherty.

From as early as the age of three, Toshi Yoshida showed exceptional talent in woodblock print design, amazing and delighting his father.

Hiroshi Yoshida (1949)

Together father and son traveled widely in East Asia, completing sketching tours of India, Burma, and Ceylon by the time the younger Yoshida was twenty.

Raicho by Toshi Yoshida (1930). Woodblock. Pencil signed.

After attending the School of the Pacific Arts Association, seeking new subject matter, Toshi Yoshida resumed travels which took him to the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Antarctica.

Hummingbird and Fuchsia (1971). Mendocino. Toshi Yoshida. Woodblock print. SKU: TY7103

Throughout Master Yoshida’s world-wide travels he held woodblock print exhibitions and found himself in demand as a speaker. Toshi Yoshida and his wife artist Kiso Yoshida (1919-2005) welcomed young artists from around the world to their studio in Japan.

Toshi Yoshida, Mendocino Art Center (1975). Photo: John Bosk

Inspired by the Mendocino Art Center where he lived and taught in 1971, Master Yoshida founded the Miasa Bunka Center International Hanga Academy in Miasa, Nagano-ken on Japan’s main island, Honshu.

Miasa Sister City (1980). Mendocino's Sister City. Serigraph by William Zacha. WZ198002*
Miasa Sister City (1980). Mendocino’s Sister City. Serigraph by William Zacha. WZ198002*

Since the Bunka Center’s founding in 1980, Miasa (now Miasa-Omachi) and Mendocino have been sister cities.

Mendocino students and artists leaving for Miasa-Omichi, participants in the annual Sister City exchange. Photo: The Mendocino Beacon (2017)
Mendocino students and artists leaving for Miasa-Omichi, participants in the annual Sister City exchange. Photo: The Mendocino Beacon (2017)

The Miasa-Mendocino Peace Plaques bear witness to their enduring friendship, and to the two communities’ committment to peace.

Miasa Peace Plaque

The 2007 Mendocino group at the Miasa-Mendocino Peace Plaque at the Miasa School, Miasa-Omachi, Japan.
The 2007 Mendocino group around the Miasa-Mendocino Peace Plaque at the Miasa School, Miasa-Omachi, Japan.

Mendocino Peace Plaque

"Behold the sea - the citizens of the sister cities of Mendocino and Miasa, Japan dedicate this plaque to the peaceful pursuits of the peoples of the Pacific Basin and to the protection of its environment that all living things there-in may exist in perpetual harmony." Text by Paul Sutterley. Plaque placed on the Mendocino Headlands, and dedicated July 4, 1982.
Behold the Sea: Mendocino and Miasa Sister City Peace Plaque placed on the Mendocino Headlands, and dedicated July 4, 1982.

In addition to shin hanga (“new prints”), which draw inspiration from the ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the 18th and 19th centuries C.E., and employ the same traditional production methods,

Ishiyama Temple (1946). Toshi Yoshida. Woodblock print. SKU: TY4601

Master Yoshida distinguished himself as a modern sosaku hanga (“creative prints”) artist.

Plancton (1962). Toshi Yoshida. Woodblock print. SKU: TY6201

As with the work of his father Hiroshi Yoshida, Toshi Yoshida’s woodblock prints are not only treasured in Japan, but are in the permanent collections of the world’s leading museums including, among others, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

– Carol Goodwin Blick (2008)

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Toshi Yoshida: Artwork
Toshi Yoshida in His Own Words
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