Mikio Watanabe was born in 1954 in Yokohama , Japan. After completing his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Tokyo in 1977, he moved to Paris. It was there that he learned engraving techniques at the Atelier 17, where he studied from 1979 - 1981.
His mezzotints often feature Yuriko, his wife and model. Watanabe’s prints have won prizes in many international print exhibitions, such as the “Salon de la Gravure Originale” in Bayeux , France, and the “Miniprint International” in Cadaques, Spain. Mr. Watanabe currently lives in Paris, and continues to exhibit his work around the world. He has more than 50 one-man shows, and his works can be found in many public collections including Bibliotheque National in Paris, the Central Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur and the New Orleans Museum of Art.