Born in 1938 in Tokyo Yoshihito Hirano worked in the field of television commercials for fifteen years before travelling throughout the world. In 1982 he decided to become a full-time artist and in 1983 held his first one-man show at J-One Step Gallery followed in 1984 by one-man show at Seibu Department store's Shibuya branch entitled "Print Art Show". His works are now widely shown throughout Japan and he also illustrates children's books as well as other bookcovers. His delightful screenprints are typical of a new generation of Japanese artists who were taught and influenced by the traditional makers of printmaking expressing themselves in a very contemporary way. The result is a fascinating blend of Western imagery with an oriental serenity and balance. Hirano uses strong fresh colours in a simple direct style to create images that have an immediate appeal.