Jun'ichirô Sekino was born in 1914 in the Aomori Prefecture of Japan. He studied oil painting and printmaking with Shiko Munakata and Koshiro Onchi. Sekino learned the Japanese woodblock method as well as Western techniques, such as etching. His style ranged from realistic portraits to abstract and he often used techniques of overprinting.
Sekino gained general recognition after World War II and in 1958 he came to the United States, where he began teaching printmaking at Oregon State University in 1963. After returning to Japan, he taught at Kobe University in 1965. Sekino received the Ministry of Education Award in 1975 for his series “Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido “ and for his outstanding merits in Japanese arts.