Toko Shinoda 篠田 桃紅

Toko Shinoda (篠田 桃紅 ) was born in Manchuria in 1913 where her father managed a tobacco factory. Her family returned to Japan two years later. Influenced by her father’s love of ink painting, calligraphy and Chinese poetry, she started practicing calligraphy at the age of six. She is a renowned Japanese artist for her sumi and calligraphy creations. Her art combines traditional calligraphy with modern abstract imagery. Shinoda’s works have been exhibited in such prestigious institutions as the Hague National Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Cincinnati Art Museum and other leading museums in the world.

Shinoda travelled around the United States from 1956 to 1958. She also became involved in theabstract expressionist movement of the time.