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Shichio MINATO is a visual artist and fine art academic with 15 years of experience in research, teaching and art management. He is an associate professor at the University of Fukui, Japan.

Shichio graduated from Kanazawa College of Arts, Japan (BFA) and from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Ghent, Belgium (MFA).


After obtaining his MFA, Shichio moved to France where he worked as an assistant in the Printmaking Department at l'École supérieure d'art et design Saint-Étienne.

He is interested in non-toxic printmaking, especially development of a supporting system for school teachers.


As art director, he curated a number of exhibitions and was appointed as a chair at E&C Gallery, Fukui, Japan.


Shichio had exhibitions of his works in Japan and abroad.


Carrying a grant for ‘survey research on the spread of non-toxic Printmaking techniques’.  He was working together as visiting professor with professor Marnix Everaert at the Academy for Visual Arts in Ghent (April 2017 > March 2018).

Marnix EVERAERT is an artist and professor at the Academy for Visual Arts - Ghent, Belgium. He received his BFA and MFA at the School of Arts in Ghent, BE.


Marnix started working with non-toxic techniques in 1999 and changed the studio

at the Academy for Visual Arts - Ghent  to one of the first educational non-toxic studios in Europe. He has given many workshops on non-toxic in Belgium, Holland, Spain (together with Henrik Bøegh from Grafisk Experimentarium, DE), USA, South Africa and Japan.


He is a passionate printmaker, but not a narrow-minded specialist who only focuses on techniques. For him, printmaking is just another tool an artist uses to shape ideas.


Marnix is showing his work in Belgium and abroad.


Liz CHALFIN is founding director of Zea Mays Printmaking, one of the first private non-toxic printmaking studios in the USA.  Founded in 2000, Zea Mays Printmaking provides a state of the art printmaking studio to over 100 artist members and conducts primary research into safe and non-toxic printmaking practices.  ZMP shares this information through workshops, artist residencies, web publishing, exhibitions, artist mentorships and collaborations with printmaking schools and studios around the world.


As director of Zea Mays Printmaking, Chalfin supervises the research program.  She has lectured on safer printmaking at national conferences, colleges, universities, and independent studios around the world. She consults with studios and artists about creating safe and sustainable printmaking studios and communities.


Liz is an active printmaker.  Her own prints and artists' books are exhibited in the U.S. and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.   Her work is in numerous museum and library permanent collections. She has been an artist in residence at Mass MOCA (USA), Artist Proof Studio (South Africa), The Vermont Studio Center (USA), Bowdoin College (USA), Trefegwlys Print Studio (Wales), Loomis Chaffee School (USA). and

Friedhard KIEKEBEN is one of the founding fathers of safer printmaking and therefore a must at this symposium.

Friedhard worked with Keith Howard since the start in the nineteen nineties. Now, he is an Associate Professor Fine Art at the Columbia College in Chicago, IL, USA and is still researching new ways of safer printmaking.

During his long career Friedhard advised several studios in their change to safer printmaking and has been developing professional educational printmaking programs for (Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop (UK), Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), Gracefield Arts Center, Dumfries (UK), …

In 2003 Friedhard started as lead author and editor with the website This website became THE reference on safer printmaking for everyone interested in this way of working. In 2015 together with Dr. David Hinkamp, from The Health in The Arts Center, University of IL Chicago, he founded, a website informing viewers on health issues related to the arts. and

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Atsuhiko MUSASHI is professor of printmaking at the Kyoto Seika University, Japan, and a great artist with an immense love for photopolymer intaglio.

After receiving his BFA at the University of Washington Seattle (WA) USA, Atsuhiko moved to the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (CA) USA to earn his MFA.
Atsuhiko has been teaching as a full-time professor at the Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, Japan for over thirty years. Before this position, he taught at the Nagoya University of Arts, Japan for five years.

Since 2005 photopolymer plate printmaking is his main research domain, a technique which allows him to work in a painterly way.

Atsuhiko's work is widely spread.  He has had over forty-five solo exhibitions in Japan, USA, Australia, Scotland. 

Makoto DOI is the founder of Studio Kitayama in Kyoto, the first non-toxic printmaking studio in Japan. Established in 1997, the studio quickly changed from traditional to non-toxic in 2004. Makoto started importing and selling non-toxic materials in his shop and online, thus offering many Japanese printmakers the chance to work with safer techniques and materials.

Studio Kitayama is important as a research center for contemporary printmaking techniques, sharing the results with the printmaking world through the studio’s website.

As an artist and teacher, Makoto has been invited to several Japanese universities as a visiting artist and instructor safer printmaking in several Japanese universities.


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