Chiura Obata (1885-1975) was one of the most significant Japanese American artists working on the West Coast in the last century. A painter and printmaker, he taught as an art professor at U Cal Berkeley for 22 years at a time when Asian American artists were often marginalized. As Susan Landauer wrote in Obata's Yosemite, Chiura Obata has a place all his own in the history of California art.