The Name of God and the Salvation of Humanity |
|A resident of
Koshigaya City, Saitama, Japan, he was the 2008-09 OMSC artist in
residence. Watanabe graduated in 1982 from the Ochanomizu Art School
in Tokyo after having earned, a decade earlier, an economics degree
from Tohoku Gakuin University in Sendai. He teaches at a private
art school that he started in 1982. Watanabe's oil paintings have
been displayed in numerous solo exhibitions, including "The
Encounter and the Hope" at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo,
in 2000, "Prayer for Peace" at the Ein Karem Gallery,
Tokyo, in 2006, and "The Prodigal Son Returns" at the
Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University Divinity School, in 2009.
He is a member of the Christian Art Association in Japan and the
Asian Christian Art Association.
retrospect I realize that [my works] are my own humble responses
to God's calling in my life. . . . The images are often given
to me through the words of God, at worship services on Sundays,
and during my daily devotion. I have the earnest hope that I will
go on painting to praise the Lord"