Toko Shinoda (born in 1913) works in the Sumi technique, combining in her work traditional calligraphy and abstract expressionism. The first personal exhibition of Shinoda was held 77 years ago (!) In Tokyo, and in 1956 she first came to New York, already a world known artist. The next decade, the artist is torn between Tokyo and New York, the latter in a shocking boom of abstract expressionism. Shinoda conducts solo exhibitions in the US and Europe, her works are sold in the gallery of Betty Parsons, patroness of abstract expressionists, who worked among others with Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Jasper Jones.
The works of Toko Shinoda are in the collections of Albright-Knox, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Singapore, the Museum of Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as in permanent collections of Rockefeller and Ford foundations, the Japanese Imperial Court, the Guggenheim Museum, the Haifa Art Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Hague Museum and MOMA New York. Her legendary is difficult to overestimate - she is the only person in Japan, whose portrait is immortalized in postage stamps.