Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1949, Katsunori Hamanishi graduated from Tokai University in 1973. From 1987 to 1988 he studied at the University of Pennsylvania on a grant from the Cultural Affairs Agency.
Hamanishi’s awards include the Ibiza International Print Biennial in 1978, the Grechen International Triennial in Switzerland in 1982 and the Valparaiso International Exhibition in Chile in 1989. He has participated in exhibitions in Belgium, Paris, Tokyo, Cairo, Kyoto, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Hamanishi has taken the method of the mezzotint to new heights. His images show a range of tones and depth of color obtained through painstaking burnishing of the plate and numerous trial printings.