Born in 1913, Sadao Watanabe was baptized a Christian at 17 and devoted his life to depicting stories of the Bible in a visual language understandable to the Japanese. Using katazome, the traditional Japanese folk art of stencil dying used with kimonos, Watanabe followed his teacher Keizuke Serizawa in applying this process to paper. Finding inspiration in the mingei (folk arts) movement, Watanabe worked with his wife to produce each stencil and print on handmade paper. Over his career, which spanned nearly 50 years, Watanabe produced hundreds of works. As a result, he has come to be Japan’s leading artist to portray biblical scenes.