Masao Ohba was a printmaker of international renown. He began his artistic career in 1956, capturing an audience with his colorful prints of birds and animals. Ohba uses a paper screen printing technique, drawing from traditional and more contemporary printmaking techniques. In 1998, he received first prize at the 17th Biennale of Contemporary Ex Libris held in Poland. He was a member of the NIKKI Art Association and the Fukuoka State Art Association. He also served as a visiting professor in Sweden at the SKANSKA Art Academy.