Tsukimaro lived in Edo and was one of Utamaro's brightest pupils. He used a variety of go, signing his earliest prints Kikumaro and adopting the name Tsukimaro in 1804. As a print designer, he focused on bijin, or beautiful women, and illustrated books. In 1818, Tsukimaro ended his print career and focused solely on painting.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” - Aristotle