Born in Fukuoka, Japan, internationally recognized artist Ken Toki relocated to the McKinney, Texas area in 2008. He continues travels which allow him to do art research, paint and exhibit. He enjoys working in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor and printmaking.

As a member of Taiheiyo Art Society, one of Japan’s oldest at 110 years, Toki exhibited for a decade at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fukuoka Art Museum. Other exhibits include the Nagoya, Yokohama, and Osaka Museums of Art. Also, the National Museum of Hamar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan; the Societe National des Beaux Arts at the Musee de la Marine, Paris; Galeria Pergola of Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas. Toki has also held local exhibits at McKinney’s former Garret Art Gallery on the Square.

Numerous awards and studies have taken him throughout Japan, Europe, Mexico, and the United States. Classes have included Instituto Allende and Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, both in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and independent classes with distinguished international artists. Toki received the 2014 Best of Show recognition at McKinney Art Club. In 2005, he was awarded the All-Japan Gold Medal for his brilliant oil painting of “Let’s Dance from the Morning till the Night” of Maya dancers at San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Toki’s influences include both seen and unseen, especially in nature. He has executed major works with themes such as global warming, Japan’s spiral economy, radio waves, Mexico’s Maya culture, Texas longhorns, Japanese koi in Texas rivers and the Fulton, Texas oyster fishing boats.

His works hang in Japan’s National Cancer Center, Kyushu; Mitsubishi Resort Hotel, Yufuin, and international private collections in Mexico, Japan and the U.S. In 2005, Toki was among 19 artists invited to exhibit works at the opening celebration of Japan’s National Museum, Dazaifu, Fukuoka. To honor that event Toki published a catalog of his major works. Members of Japan’s royal family are included on the list of many distinguished guests enjoying his exhibitions.

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