Kingo "Melvin" Fujii

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2012 interview with Kingo "Melvin" Fujii by Andrea Duke


Artist Bio: Kingo Fujii was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi where his parents were deeply involved in the Kabuki theater. His father was a director/actor, artist, and chief choreographer for the original Hawaiʻi Kabuki Theater Group. His mother was a teacher of traditional Japanese musical instruments. Kingo Fujii attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts School, The Chicago Art Institute, the University of Hawaiʻi and Instituto Allende, Mexico. He works in a variety of media such as oil, watercolor, lithography, jewelry and sculpture. As a fine artists he addresses himself through surrealism, semi-impressionism and traditional or neo-orientalism. As a scientific illustrator his interests and applications are in many fields – zoological, botanical, archeological, etc. He is also an illustrator of children’s books. He has illustrated for Encyclopedia Britannica, Harper and Row, Highlander Press, Reverie Publishing, and other textbook publishers.

(Biography and photograph courtesy of the artist).

Mr. Fujii passed away on June 4th, 2012. This interview is dedicated to his memory, legacy, and to his family.

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