Makoto Hirano


Makoto Hirano was born in Tokyo in 1952. He graduated from Waseda University, majoring in Applied Physics.

While his early work combined techniques and materials derived from holography and photo-silkscreen, he since has focused extensively on Washi (Japanese Paper) and canvas. Concerned with texture and relief, his current works are characterized by their unique stone-like surface, reminiscent of Zen pottery and hieroglyphic earthenware.


Selected Solo Exhibition Locations between 1981 and 2008

J.M. Gallery, New York
Promo-Arte Gallery
Butterfly Gallery
Jiyuhgaoka Gallery
Nakamura Gallery
Ginza Kamakura Gallery
Tohyoh Gallery, Tokyo
COMO Salon Gallery,
Okamura Hospital Gallery, Kochi, Japan


Selected Group Exhibition Locations between 1981 and 2008

Gallery SAKIKO NY, New York
J.M. Gallery, Jacob Center, New York
Yoseidoh Gallery
Tokyo American Club
Lumine Square Hall
Ginza San-ai Gallery
Gekkohsoh Gallery
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum
Seibu Museum, Tokyo
Yokohama Civic Gallery, Yokohama
Gallery in the Museum of Art Kochi
Toyota Nets Gallery, Kochi, Japan



Seibu Museum Grand Prize Exhibition of Print Works, held at the18th Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition in Taipei


 “A Yearbook on Japanese Contemporary Print Works in 1984," published by Kodansha