Shinzaburo Takeda, Seto, Japan, b. 1935

Trained at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, Takeda visited Mexico in 1963 and never left. In Mexico City he studied mural painting with Armando Carmona and Luis Nishizawa at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas San Carlos. He studied lithography with Francisco Vasquez at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Graficas.

Takeda’s fascination with the landscape, people, and cultural traditions of Oaxaca is clearly revealed in the themes and motifs embodied in his work. As much as the Oaxacan environment and its people have inspired Takeda’s work, he too has inspired many local artists since the beginning of his teaching career at the Fine Arts School of the University of Oaxaca.

Takeda’s work has been extensively exhibited in Japan, the United States, and Mexico in over 70 individual exhibits. In 2003 the Contemporary Museum of Oaxaca organized a retrospective of his work.