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Memory of Mr. Ikuo Hirayama

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Do you know Ikuo Hirayama.
Ikuo Hirayama (born 15 June 1930; died 2 December 2009), or Hirayama Ikuo (平山 郁夫) in Japanese was a Japanese Nihonga painter.
He was born in Setoda-chō, Hiroshima Prefecture.
And when he was 15 years old, he experieced "Atomic Bombed Hiroshima".


(Mr. Ikuo Hirayama)


(One of Hirayama's work regarding "Atomic Bombed Hiroshima")

He was famous in Japan for Silk Road paintings of dreamy desert landscapes in Iran, Iraq, and China.


(One of Hirayama's Work regarding Silk Road)


(One of Hirayama's Work regarding Silk Road)

In 1952, he graduated from the Tokyo School of Art, or what is today's Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (popularly known as "Geidai"), and became a disciple of Maeda Seison. Hirayama also served as President of his alma mater twice (1989-95 and 2001-05).


He produced a series of paintings depicting the introduction of Buddhism to Japan. A hibakusha, he portrayed the A-bomb attack on Hiroshima. He is also active in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the world (e.g., the Bamiyan Buddhas) and is internationally appreciated for his efforts in this sphere. Hirayama was awarded the French Légion d'honneur Order in 1996 and Japan's Order of Cultural Merit in 1998 amongst others.

He was sometimes criticised for his profit making activities at the time when he held a position of President of a national university. Some (would-be) connoiseurs even cast doubts upon the authenticity of his highly profitable artworks, claiming that his wife and others made them under his name.

Ikuo Hirayama Museum of Art
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He had a studio in Kamakura, Kanagawa. There is a dedicated museum in Setoda, having an English Web site at
Ikuo Hirayama Museum of Art.

By T.S. on Dec 13, 2009
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