About Ikuo Hirayama

About Ikuo Hirayama

Career

Childhood

Ikuo’s father Mineichi & mother Hisano

Ikuo Hirayama was born to father Mineichi, and mother Hisano of Setoda-cho, Toyota County, Hiroshima Prefecture (Ikuchi Island in present-day Setoda-cho, Onomichi City) and would be the second son in a family of 4 male and 5 female children on June 15, 1930. Ikuchi Island is blessed with the warm climate of the Seto Inland Sea and has many historic temples and shrines such as the three-story pagoda of the Kojoji Temple and Komyobo Temple, which is said to have been founded in the Nara Period. As a sensitive Ikuo and inquisitive boy, he spent his days romping about on the Island’s beaches gently lapped by ultramarine-hued surrounding waters.
This aesthetic sense and sensitivity nurtured by his beautiful natural environment and the deep affection of his faithful parents are very much alive in his later paintings.

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Ikuo’s father Mineichi & mother Hisano

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Ikuo’s father Mineichi in priestly attire

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A view of Kone island from Ikuchi island where Ikuo was born (about 1915)

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5 years old

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At the entrance ceremony of the Setoda elementary school

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At the 6th grade elementary school student the second from the right (1943)

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