Hisayuki Doi was born in Wakayama, Japan, in 1976. Moved by 19th century French landscape painting, he started oil painting at the age of 21. He would in time travel to France to work “en plein air=(outdoor)”in the coun-tryside that originally inspired him. At this time, he began drawing works with CRAY-PA S (=oil pastel) that was invented drawing material from Japan. His central theme is currently the role of the Shinto shrine as a confluence between the mythical era and the present day. Through his works tribute is paid to the deceased ancestors as well as the ongoing Shinto tradition. He has received numerous awards, including the notable Showa Kai Award in Japan.