Masaaki Ohya is a Japanese artist who specializes in print making. He has held many solo exhibitions in Japan and Europe. He has taken part in international exhibitions and won the high praise of many art critics. He is currently working on new projects such as workshops, new print exhibitions and solo exhibition object works. He also teaches new intaglio techniques and is currently researching new ideas for his works.
Masaaki Ohya was born and raised in Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan in 1972. He continues to live in Zama City. He holds a 1998 MA in Painting from Tama Art University, Tokyo,having studied etching under Professor Yukio Fukazawa, Mayumi Morino and Tatsumasa Watanabe. After graduating in 1998 he worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Printmaking at Tama Art University, Tokyo until 2000.From 2000-2002 he worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Printmaking also at Tama Art University, Tokyo. In 2001 he was a member of the operating committee for the Tokyo International Mini-print Triennial.
He won The Grand Prize at The International Mini Print Cluj – Napoca in Rumania in 1997. Since 1997 he has won different awards including 2007 the 14th INTERNATIONAL PRINT BIENNAL VARNA BULGARIA [ Three Equal Awards ] in 2008 the 13th International Biennial Print Exhibition, Taiwan.(Silver CCA Awardz) and in 2009 IX Graphic Art Biennial DRY POINT in Uzice 2009 SERBIA (Gold Point Award)
He has been teaching the intaglio technique at public museums and Tama Art University for people from all walks of life since 2002 except for 2009 when he won a one year residency in Paris under the Japanese Government’s Overseas Study Program for Artists, where he studied etching techniques at The Atelier Contrepoint.
Since 2009 he has held several solo exhibitions in Japan and has been teaching intaglio techniques at Tama Art University for people from all walks of life and in several galleries.