Roy Kiyooka

Poet from Canada

Roy Kenzie Kiyooka, OC (January 18, 1926 – January 4, 1994) was an influential Canadian arts teacher, painter, poet, photographer, and multi-media artist of national and international acclaim. A Nisei or second generation Japanese Canadian, Roy Kenzie Kiyooka was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and raised in Calgary, Alberta. His parents were Harry Shigekiyo Kiyooka and Mary Kiyoshi Kiyooka. Mary's samurai father, Masaje Oe was the still-famous, 17th head of the Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu school of swordsmanship. Roy Kiyooka's brother Harry Mitsuo Kiyooka also became an abstract painter, a professor of art, and sometimes curator of his brother's work. Harry Kiyooka taught art at the University of Alberta in Calgary, now The University of Calgary, from 1961 to 1988. And Roy's youngest brother Frank Kiyooka became a potter. In 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the family was uprooted and moved to a small town in rural Alberta called Opal. Roy Kiyooka was unable to finish high school. From 1946 to 1949, he studied with Jock Macdonald and Illingworth Holey Kerr at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art. With a scholarship, he was able in 1955 to go to Mexico for eight  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Roy Kenzie Kiyooka
Date of birth
Place of birth
Moose Jaw
Poet, Photographer, Artist


Institution From To
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology


Date of death

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