Japanese art by Deaf man wins prize at contemporary art exhibition

October 17, 2015

Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima:

The domestic and abroad experts concerned of fine arts examined total of 231 domestic works exhibited at the National New Art Museum in Tokyo in August, and 13 works have won a prize.

One of the works was the Japanese painting titled "The Moonlight" that a Deaf barber owner Monden Ryoji, 71, a Fukuyama-shi resident in western Japan, drew the image of Mt. Fuji as a base material won the Paris International Salon Prize at "the 16th Japan-France Contemporary Art World Exhibition."

After graduating from the school for the deaf, Monden started a barber shop at the age of 21. he has kept facing canvas between work since about 40 years ago when getting off the ground to a good start. He communicates with the guest by means of sign language and writing.

Domestic and abroad, Monden, who had in his hand winning by first entry in the International Show where attention is attracted, said, "I thought winning the prize was difficult, so I'm very happy. I will continue painting for the best further."

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