Japanese painter, printmaker, and mural artist Hitoshi Nakazato was born in Machida, Tokyo. He earned a BFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo, an MS in Art from the University of Wisconsin, and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts. He received the John D. Rockefeller III Fund Grant to work in Manhattan, Creative Artist’s Public Service grant from New York State, and a Japan/United States Consortium for Environmental Planning and Design grant from Ohio State University. Nakazato’s work has been exhibited in many institutions including Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Tokyo, Japan; Keikando Gallery at Obirin University in Tokyo, Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Muramatsu Gallery in Tokyo, Gallery Juliet in Trieste, Italy; Nesbit Gallery at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Brandywine Workshop and Archives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His work is in the collections of institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, Tikotin Museum of Haifa Museum in Israel and Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Machida, Tokyo. He lived in Manhattan and was a professor of art at the University of Pennsylvania until his death in 2010. In 2013, Nakazato’s works were included in a group show entitled Machida Connection at the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts.