Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Hokusai belongs to the best-known, most innovative, and, with 30,0000 designes, the most productive ukyio-e artists. At a young age he learnt the basics of wood Block cutting. At the age of 19 he got a job at the renowned Latsukawa Shunsko studios. After 13 years the determined Hokusai left the studios following an argument. Travelling about restlessly, he changes his artist name many times. Around fory years of age he eventually called himself Hokusai. Not until he was in his sixties, did he make his most famous works.