Shozo Sato, remowned master of Zen arts
November 6, 2008 7 PM 115 Lawrence
Visiting artist and lecturer Shozo Sato presents THE ART OF BLACK INK
Artist and Sacred Treasure of Japan Shozo Sato will give a demonstration and lecture on the art of Sumi-e, a form of Japanese calligraphy and brush painting. He will also discuss how Zen philosophy influences the practice of art making. Shozo has won many awards including the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan for helping to disseminate Japanese culture to the West, and for his theatrical productions. He has written numerous books on the Sumi-e, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ikebana (the art of arranging flowers), and classical dance.
Born in Ikataku, Kobe City, Japan in 1933, Shozo Sato received a degree in fine arts from Bunka Gakuin College, Tokyo, and also highest diplomas in the Japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and classical dance. His dramatic training took place at Toho Academy, Tokyo; in Kabuki, he was a special student of Nakamura Kenzaburo XVII. He is Professor Emeritus of the Art and Design Faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is known in Chicago for his series of plays in Kabuki style at the Wisdom Bridge Theater such as Kabuki Macbeth, Kabuki Medea and others.