Masamichi Ishimaru was born in Ehime, Japan in 1940 and graduated from the Department of Painting at Musashino Art University in 1964. His surrealist work is designed to evoke spiritual feelings in the viewer. "I paint whatever comes in my mind as my hand moves, so it is difficult for me to explain what is behind my creation. I admire images of mythology, and elegant humorous animals. However, I am satisfied if the viewer is able to feel something from my creations."