Born in North-East China, Masao Ido studied in Kyoto with Yoshida Koho and Otsubo Shigechika. He belongs to the top group of established contemporary Japanese artists. His works are in the posession of the New York Modern Art Museum, the Boston Art Museum, the Kyoto and Tokyo National Museum, the Florence Municipal Museum and a few more. Until 1975 he exhibited in group exhibitions like Nitten – no longer. He can afford to exhibit in solo exhibitions all over the world and is to be seen on Japanese TV programs as a frequent guest.