| Born 1940, Japan
San Murata is an Ontario-based painter living in a historic small town near Toronto. Born in Japan, he graduated from the University of Musashi in Tokyo with a degree in Economics in 1964. In 1968, he travelled to Canada to ‘have a look around’, and liked it so much that he decided to stay. In Canada, he soon found himself building a career in graphic design and illustration, and worked for a time as an art director and designer for network television.
Murata started painting in 1994, depicting scenes from places he had visited in Europe. He has developed a style where his paintings depict everyday scenes in a style described as ‘folk art with a twist’, using a unique colour sensibility to convey a sense of magic and whimsy, and now often uses scenery from closer to home, in Ontario and Quebec. He has had several exhibitions in Japan and Canada, and his work can be found in collections of the Smithsonian Institute, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, and UNICEF. He also plays the violin, and has made music in Toronto for over twenty years.