Sadao Watanabe

Sadao Watanabe 渡辺禎雄

Sadao Watanabe (1913–1996)  was born in Tokyo. He was baptized as a Christian in 1930 while still a teen. Because his family was poor, he dropped out of school to work as a dye craftsman. Inspired by the folk arts movement led by Keisuke Serizawa and Soetsu Yanagi, he learned how to apply traditional katazome stencil-dyeing techniques to washi paper, and began producing prints on biblical themes. He received the Japan Folk Crafts Museum Prize in 1947, the National Painting Style Award in 1948, and the Nippon Hangain Fine Arts Prize in 1956. Also highly regarded overseas, he received honorary degrees from Linfield College and Valparaiso University, both in the United States.

Books by Sadao Watanabe
  • Book

    Biblical Prints by Sadao Watanabe: All Thy Marvelous Works

    By taking traditional katazome techniques for stencil-dyed fabrics and applying them to printmaking, the late Christian artist Sadao Watanabe created his own distinct form of expression with which he addressed the biblical themes central to his faith. Som …