Painter and printmaker Junji Amano was born in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Tama Art University, Tokyo, in 1976 and has since enjoyed an international career as an artist. He has won awards at juried exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (in 1977) and Premio Internationale at the Print Biennale in Venice in 1988. Amano's work has been presented in solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Tokyo, and Kobe. He participates in workshops and received fellowships internationally, including a residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.