Japanese man holding coolie hat. This is a fine oil painting on black velvet. Signed lower right, C Yonaha 1963 with a red monogram stamp. The painting is in great condition for its age with no water damage, holes or tears. I see a light brown line in the lower left of velvet.(see picture.) Not worth mentioning but did for the perfectionist. The velvet has a wood board backing keeping it rigid. The painting measures 27 inches wide and 35 inches tall. Set in its original frame that measures 31-1/2 inches wide and 39-1/2 inches tall. Frame still looks great but does have light paint wear around edges.
Chotai Yonaha was born in 1933 in the island town of Ishigaki, near Okinawa Prefecture. Exhibited in galleries around the world including the Air Force Hall of Fame, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and art galleries in New York City, Paris and Honolulu. In the 1970's he was recognized by the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, he received the ‘New Comer Award’ at the New Art Association Exhibition of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Received the ‘Chairman's Gold Prize’ in the Okinawa Prefecture Industry Design Competition. During the 80's he was again recognized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, winning the coveted Korin Award. Awarded Grand Prize at the Shinsei Art Exhibition. In the 1990's won numerous awards and prizes, culminating with his painting of historic Shuri Castle, incorporated on a Japanese Okinawa prefecture postage stamp. He died in 2008.
Chotai Yonaha (1933–2008) Japanese Man Black Velvet Oil Painting 1963 Signed By Listed Artist