1914-1988 Born Aomori.
From boyhood knew Munakata Shiko as a charismatic painter a few years his senior. Sekino made woodblock prints with friends while still in middle school.
Studied etching in Aomori with Kon Junzo, contributed to Chokokuto in 1932, shin hanga in 1935. Exhibited with Nihon Hanga Kyokai from 1932. Moved to Tokyo in 1939 after winning a 1936 Teiten prize for an etching. Studied etching at Etching Institute of Nishida Takeo and oil painting and drawing at a private painting school.
Studied woodblock with Onchi Koshiro and Maekawa Senpan for whom he worked from to time as a printer. Became a member of the Nihon Hanga Kyokai in 1938 and
Kokugakai in 1940. Contributed to every set of Ichimokushu. Represented at International competitions at Tokyo, Northwest, Ljubljana, and elsewhere.
Won wide acclaim in the U.S. for moku-hanga. Traveled in the United States in 1958 under auspices of the Japan-America Society; taught at Oregon State University in 1963. Taught at Kobe University in 1965; awarded medal by the Imperial Household Agency in 1981. Sekino was a prolific printmaker in styles ranging from detailed portraits in the 1940s and early 1950s to semiabstract prints with greater emphasis on pattern and design after the mid-1950s. Among his late works are: “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido”, “Collection of Aomori Folk Toys”, “Old Capital” and “Prints of the Narrow Road to the Deep North”.
Taken from: Guide to Modem Japanese Woodblock Prints 1900-1975 by Helen Merrit and Nanako Yamada