Tetsuya Noda is widely considered to be Japan’s most important living print-artist. Born in Kumamoto Prefecture, he studied at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music where re completed the graduate course in 1965 and where he also taught: 1978–2007.
Noda burst on the Japanese art scene in 1968 when his first entry into a competitive exhibition won the International Grand Prize of the Tokyo International Print Biennale. His innovative work combined a photographic image screen printed over a traditional woodcut. It was the first time a print incorporating a photographic image had won such a prestigious international award. His revolutionary combinations of drawing and photography and his autobiographical images of family and scenes of everyday life have proved to be both quintessentially “Japanese” in sensibility and universal in appeal.
He won 2nd Prize in the Krakow International Print Biennale, 1970 and the Lodz Museum Prize, 1974; 2nd Prize, Norwegian International Print Biennale, 1972 and 1974; Grand Prize, Ljubljana International Print Biennale, 1976; Grand Prize, Norwegian International Print Biennale, 1977; Belgrade Contemporary Museum Prize, 1981; Gold Medal, Norwegian International Print Biennale, 1984 and the Grand Prize of Honor, Ljubljana International Print Biennial, 1987.
In 2015 he was awarded The Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese government. Tetsuya Noda has had over one hundred solo exhibitions in Japan and abroad including at the British Museum, London; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA; and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. His works can be found in over seventy major public collections including: National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Dresden National Museum Germany; Oslo National Museum; The Israel Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA and the National Gallery of Australia. Tetsuya Noda has traveled and lectured widely. He has produced over four hundred works that continue to influence artists around the world.