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Masao Ido was born in 1945 in Beipiao in Northeastern China. After his family returned to their hometown of Kyoto in 1960, he began his artistic career under Koho Yoshida, working with dyes, before shifting to woodblock prints in 1972. Under the tutelage of Shigechika Ohtsubo, Ido honed his distinct style. His work focuses on capturing traditional scenes in a state of tranquility that modern cities and culture does not easily allow. He has exhibited worldwide and his work can be found in numerous collections worldwide, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.