Nishida Shun'ei

In this Japanese name, the family name is Nishida.

Nishida Shun'ei (西田 俊英, born April 20, 1953, in Ise city, Mie prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese painter who specializes in portraits, and a professor of Japanese painting at Hiroshima City University.[1][2]


In 1977 Nishida graduated from Musashino Art University, Department of Japanese Painting.

Nishida Shun'ei was greatly inspired by Indian culture, and in 1993 went to study painting as overseas research personnel of the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. While in India he was awakened to portraiture and in 1995 received the Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute) Award as well as the newly established Adachi Museum of Art Award for his Pushkar no Rojin ("Old man of Pushkar"), depicting the face of an Indian village chief.[2]

In 1996 he won the Tenshin Memorial Ibaraki Award for Jakko ("Serene Light") depicting a young monk of Ladakh. In 1997 he received the Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute) Award for the second time for "Carlos", which was praised for its use of light in depicting the life and feelings of the subject. Shun'ei was recommended for dōnin ("member") of the institute.

The exhibition Inochi no Sanka led to the publication of the book of the same name in 2003.[3]

At present Nishida Shun'ei is a Donin (member) and Hyogi-in (Councilor) of the Japan Art Institute.

Awards and Exhibitions












  1., Hiroshima City University, Dept. of Fine Art, Japanese Painting, Professor:Shunei NISHIDA, Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 4, The Adachi Museum, The Adachi Museum of Art Award, Award-winning Works, Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  3. Material Search National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) ,Retrieved June 22, 2009

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