Japanese sculptor and medalist Saburo Hamada graduated in 1918 from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. In 1926 he won the first prize at the Emperor’s Exhibition. Only one year later Hamada became a member of the newly founded sculptors’ association named Kozo-sha (Structure Inc.), , which was geared to contemporary styles such as Art Deco and Cubism. In 1964, his Musician won the Grand Prix at the Nitten Exhibition and two years later he also became a member of the jury for the Exhibition. He worked as an art teacher at high schools for many years.