Edwins Family immigrated to Australia
in 1966, from Japan. Ken, Edwins father
came to Australia to take a position in
the Asian studies faculty (ANU); teaching
Korean history, Classical Chinese language
and Chinese Philosophy. His mother Nobuko
found work at the National Library in
the Japanese section.
Since his early twenties Edwin Has had
a strong interest in Internal Martial
Arts like Tai Chi and Ba Kua, and continues
to maintain a practice in Ba Kua Zhang.
He also has an interest in Chinese philosophy
has expressed in the writings of Lao Tzu,
Chung Tzu and I Ching. He attended Canberra
University, studying Applied Science hoping
to change into Conservation of Cultural
Materials degree, but drop out instead
to pursue a career in Fine Art.
1991, at the age of 23, Edwin began his
degree at the Canberra School of Art.
In his second year, he traveled with architecture
students from Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide
on a trip across Australia, from Sydney
to Broome. This trip provided a brief
overview of much of Australia¹s outback
wilderness, including the Stuart and Strzelecki
deserts and the Kimberly region. In third
year Art school Edwin traveled to the
Czech Republic on a student exchange.
Studying at the Prague Academy of Fine
Arts for seven months. Where he studied
under Professor Vladimir Kokolia, who
was also interested in Taoism and internal
Kung Fu. It was here that Edwin was exposed
to the paintings of Michael Ranny who
was to influence Edwin art making in later
years. Returning to Australia to graduate
in Drawing, with dark romantic portraits.
Art school Edwin moved to Melbourne and
continued to make art as well as working
to support him self. He has worked as
a frame making assistant, life model,
and model maker; sculpting master copies
of toys. More recently he has worked in
furniture manufacturing, assembling heritage
cast iron baths. He has had studios in
Melbourne CBD, east St Kilda and currently
in Clifton Hill.