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Nepalese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1960, probably in Braktapur, Nepal.

Painter. Religious subjects.

Nuche Kaji Bajracharya belongs to the Newar people, who live in the Kathmandu valley. His paintings are of a strictly religious nature and represent deities of the Buddhist pantheon, or mandalas, in traditional, symbolic colours....


Indian, 20th century, male.

Born 1939, in Faridpur, Bengal (now in Bangladesh).

Painter. Portraits, religious subjects, local scenes.

Jogen Chowdhury studied at the government arts and crafts college in Kolkata before going to study in Paris, on a scholarship, from 1965 to 1967 at the École des Beaux-Arts. A founder member of the group ...


Korean, 20th century, male.

Active in Japan.

Born 1909, in Pyongyang.

Painter. Religious subjects.

Fua-Fang Chyun mainly painted statues of the Buddha. He expresses the essence of things rather than the things themselves, especially flowers. He had a solo exhibition in 1955 at Sri Aurobindo International University, Pondicherry, India, and in ...


Lebanese, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1852, in Ghosta; died 1930.

Painter. Religious subjects, portraits.

In 1870, aged eighteen, he left for Rome, where he remained for five years and where he studied at the institute of fine arts of the court painter Roberto Bompiani. During his stay, he visited museums and collections, learning to appreciate Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian and so on. He exhibited in Paris, during the Exposition Universelle of ...


Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1972, in Las Piñas City, Manila, Philippines.

Painter, sculptor. Religious subjects, socio-political themes.

Folk art, symbolism.

Anting-Anting Group.

Alfredo Esquillo Jr. graduated from the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts in 1993. He first gained recognition when he won first prize in the ASEAN Art Awards in ...


Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in Paris from 1913, naturalised in 1955.

Born 27 November 1886, in Edogama, near Tokyo, baptised in 1959; died 29 January 1968, in Zurich.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman (including ink/wash), fresco artist, print artist (including lithography/etching/aquatint), illustrator, decorative artist...


Filipino, 20th century, female.

Active in France fromc.1972.

Born 4 June 1942, in Guimbal (Iloilo), Philippines.

Engraver, collage artist. Figure compositions, religious subjects.

Ofélia Gelvezon-Téqui graduated in art from the University of the Philippines in 1964, and again in 1966, in English. In ...


Polish, 20th century, male.

Active in France, then in former Palestine.

Born 3 June 1879 or or, in Drohobycz; died 1934, in Jerusalem.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver, lithographer, watercolourist. Religious subjects, figures, nudes, portraits, genre scenes, still-lifes.

Group of Five.

Leopold was the younger brother of the painter Moritz Gottlieb. He studied in Cracow, Munich, and then in Paris, where he settled for some time. After moving to Jerusalem, he taught at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. He was known in Vienna for several series of lithographs and copper engravings. He also received attention in 1915 for a series of colour drawings depicting battle scenes of the Polish Legion in 1914. He executed numerous portraits, Biblical themes and narrative compositions. Along with Eugene Zak, he depicted the plight of Polish Jews....


Turkish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1842, in Constantinople; died 24 February 1910, in Constantinople.

Painter. Religious subjects, genre scenes, portraits.

Osman Hamdi Bey was the son of the Grand Vizir Müsir Ethern Pacha. He was sent to Paris to study from 1857 to 1869...


Japanese, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1872, in Okayama Prefecture; died 1979.

Sculptor. Religious subjects, mythological figures, local figures, portraits.

Hirakushi studied sculpture under Takamura Koun and was soon selected to take part in the Bunten (ministry of education) exhibition and exhibitions at the art institute. In ...


Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1895, in Matsue (Shimane Prefecture); died 1997.

Painter, engraver (wood). Religious subjects, nudes.

Sosaku Hanga.

The grandson of an architect and son of a carpenter, Hiratsuka graduated from Matsue Commercial School before studying Western painting with Ishii Hakutei and Umehara Ryuzaburo and woodblock printing with Igami Bonkotsu. He exhibited woodblock prints in the ...


Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1887, in Kyoto; died 1948.

Painter. Religious subjects, landscapes.

Irie, after studying at the academy of fine art in Kyoto, where he had the opportunity to make numerous copies of the works of the Japanese old masters, became an art master at a private school. In ...


Indian, 20th century, male.

Born 1907, in Chittagong (now in Bangladesh).

Painter. Religious subjects, genre scenes, local scenes.

Sudhir Khastagir studied under Nandalal Bose at Shantiniketan in 1929. He explored national and religious subjects. One of the well-known artists of the Bengal School, his Charkha, Symbol of Prosperity...


Toru Asano

Japanese painter and collector. Son of the progressive journalist Ginkō Kishida (1833–1905), he decided to leave school when he was 15, became a Christian and devoted himself to church activities. At the same time he painted and struggled with the decision of whether to live as a Christian or as a painter. In ...



Lebanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 18 May 1949, in Biblos or Beirut.

Painter, illustrator, scenographer. Religious subjects. Stage sets, murals.

He obtained his degree at the Beirut school of fine arts, where he taught from 1980 to 1983 in the architecture, decorative arts and graphics departments....


American, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA.

Born 7 March 1884, in Zahle, Lebanon; died 1972.

Painter. Religious subjects.

Nicolas Saleen Macsoud studied at the New York National Academy of Design. He belonged to the Salmagundi Club.

New York: The Holy Sepulchre



Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1928, in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines.

Painter, cartoonist, illustrator, printmaker. Local genre scenes, figures, landscapes, flora and fauna, folk art.

Saturday Group of Artists.

Malang (Mauro Malang Santos) learned how to draw at the age of ten from a private tutor. In ...


Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 29 July 1943, in Sano City (Tochigi Prefecture).

Painter. Religious subjects, landscapes.

Matsumoto Tetsuo began to study design under the direction of Tsukahara Tetsuo. He graduated in fine arts from Utsunomiya University in 1968 and became a high school art teacher. He studied with Konno Tadaichi in ...


Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 1917.

Painter. Religious subjects, figures.

Sydney Group.

Justin Maurice O'Brien joined the medical corps of the Australian army at the start of World War II. In 1940 he was sent to Palestine, then Greece. During this period he began to paint - particularly faces - and made many sketches. He was taken prisoner and remained in Athens for seven months, before being transferred to Poland in December ...


Qi Gong  

Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1912.

Painter, calligrapher. Landscapes with figures.

Qi Gong was a descendent of the Qing emperor Qianlong (reigned 1736-1796). He was active in Beijing and taught at the Catholic Fu Ren University.

Hong Kong, 30 March 1992: Landscape in the Style of the Master Yuan...