Ralph Kiggell ARE

Associate Member, Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, UK
Vice Chair, International Mokuhanga Conference 2017 and 2020


Ralph Kiggell initially studied Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and lived in China and Hong Kong through the 1980s. In 1990, he moved to Tokyo to follow a deep interest in Japanese water-based woodblock printing (mokuhanga). He first studied traditional techniques at the atelier of Toshi Yoshida in Tokyo, then in Kyoto under Akira Kurosaki, before receiving a four-year Japanese government scholarship to research and practise contemporary woodblock printing at Tama Arts University, Tokyo, graduating with an MFA in 1999.

Since 2000, his studio has been in Thailand, first in Bangkok, now in Krabi in the south. He exhibits around the world, and his creating work that is exhibited around the world. Kiggell’s books and prints are in various international collections, including the American Library of Congress; the British Library; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; Edinburgh University; and Artspace Mackay, Australia. He is a regular contributor to the quarterly publication Printmaking Today.