Yuji Hiratsuka was born 1954 in Osaka, Japan. In 1985 he moved to the United States to pursue graduate degrees in printmaking at New Mexico State University (M.A.) and at Indiana University (M.F.A.). Since 1987 Hiratsuka has been teaching printmaking and drawing at several universities. He currently serves as a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. Yuji has received numerous awards in international competitions, and has work in the collections of The British Museum in the UK, the Tokyo Central Museum in Japan, and the Portland Art Museum among others.