National Museum of Women in the Arts
Yoshiko Ishikawa
May 05 1929 - present
Photograph of Yoshiko Ishikawa in her studio, 1992, unknown photographer, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
YO-shee-koh ee-shee-KAH-wah
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Painting
Artistic Role(s):
Illustrator, Oil Painter, Painter, Pastelist
Artist's Biography:
Born in Rome in 1929,Yoshiko Ishikawa began her art training at the age of seven, and grew up surrounded by European, and primarily Italian, art. She studied at the Japan Women’s University in Tokyo from 1946 to 1950. At the age of thirty she began a series of flowers, which reminded her of the similarity between the life of flowers and humans. Using traditional Japanese flowers as well as Western varieties, Ishikawa imbued her oil paintings and drawings with a lyrical sense of movement and color.

In 1979, she was the recipient of the Taormina Art Award and had work accepted for the Eighth Nitten Exhibition in 1952 and in the Yasui Award Exhibition in 1965 and 1967. A retrospective exhibition of her work titled Flowers of Light was held at the Vecchio Palace in Florence in 2000 and then at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan in 2002. She lives and works in Tokyo.

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Where Trained/Schools:
Japan Women's University, Tokyo, Japan (1946-1950) Private lessons, Tokyo, Japan (1949, 1946, 1937)
Related Visual Artists:
student of Saburo Kurata student of Satoe Arima student of Sakujiro Okubo
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Taormina Art Award, Taormina Art Committee, Taormina, Italy (1979) Nominee, Yasui Award Memorial Art Exhibition, Saison Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan (1967, 1965)
Earliest exhibition:
Eighth Nitten (Japan Fine Arts) Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan (1952)
NMWA exhibition(s):
SAKURA: Cherry Blossom Paintings by Yoshiko Ishikawa
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987-1997
Artist retrospective(s):
Flowers of Light, Hakone Open Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan (2002) Flowers of Light, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy (2000)