Biography Shinoda, Toko (1913 - )
Toko Shinoda was born in Manchuria in 1913, and she moved to Tokyo in 1914. She was schooled in traditional calligraphy, and she had her first exhibition in Tokyo in 1940. She started making abstract work in 1947, and in the course of the 50s, her works had been exhibited at the MOMA and other museums and galleries in New York, Boston, Paris, Washington and Brussels. She began producing lithographs in 1960.
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She uses lithography as her preferred printing medium because anything else would not really work well with her style of making art works. Like in calligraphy she uses brush strokes that she applies spontaneously on the plate. Often she hand-colours each lithograph copy afterwards. Thus each sheet has an individual touch.