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Widely acknowledged as a reigning master of the mezzotint, artist Katsunori Hamanishi was born in 1949 on Hokkaido island. He studied painting at Tokai University in Kanagawa prefecture, graduating in 1973. By the 1980s, Hamanishi was already a respected artist, admired for his mysterious subject matter, exquisitely rendered into realism by the painstaking process required to create a mezzotint. His work is internationally recognized and collected. Notable shows include the 2012 exhibition, “The Art of Darkness” at the Smithsonian, and in 2013, a one-person show at the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Tokyo.