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~ brush paintings & haiku
Ion Codrescu was born in Cobadin, Romania in 1951. He was educated and received his degree at the Fine Arts Academy, Bucharest.
Although he has been writing haiku on and off over the years, he did not start publishing until 1992. He has published poems, essays, and articles in 18 countries and 13 languages.
In the 1990s, Ion was on a scholarship in Japan where he studied ink painting and haiga with the Japanese artist Ryuhei Nishiyama. Later, both master and student produced an art show at the Constantza Art Museum.
Also in the 1990s, he founded
the Constantza Haiku Society of Romania, the international haiku journal
Albatross, the Constantza International
Haiku Festival and the Constantza National Haiku Conference. In 2004
Ion Codrescu founded the HERMITAGE international haiku journal.
He has been invited to deliver papers on haiku, to lead haiku and renku workshops, to read his poems, or to make exhibitions with his ink drawings, paintings, and haiga in many countries. His paintings are in private art collections and public museums in a variety of countries.
He has won numerous prizes and has numerous publications. His Keynote Speech for the World Haiku Festival 2000, London-Oxford Conference, "Rules of Form and Freedom of Spirit in Haiku," can be found in the World Haiku Review. A more complete biography is found on the tempslibres/free times web site.
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