Self-employed artist, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Hiroshi Murata earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University School of Art and Architecture. Murata was an Associate Professor of Art at Western Michigan University and Professor of Art at the College of New Jersey. Since his retirement from the College of New Jersey in 1991, Murata has been at work on paintings and numerous public commissions. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in both Japan and the United States including Gallery Tokyo Eizo in Tokyo, Japan; Grumps Gallery in San Francisco, California; and The New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. He is also the recipient of various grants and fellowships including a Fabric Workshop Residency from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Distinguished Research Award, and Faculty Research Grant from Trenton State College, Visiting Artist Fellowship at Brandywine Workshop and Archives, and National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. His work is in the public collections of many institutions including DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; Hollywood Art Museum in Hollywood, Florida; Miami-Dade Community College in Florida, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts; National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan; New York Public Library Collection in New York City, Pratt Graphic Center in New York City, Tokyo University College of Art in Japan, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York; and Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.