Hajime Namiki was born in 1947 in Tokyo and began studying sculpture as a student of the artist Shigeru Ogura in 1965. In 1974 Namiki became a member of the Japanese Association of Sculptors and since then he has had several works displayed at important exhibitions.
The sophistication of his work in the subtle art of color woodblock printing was not recognized until about 1978. Namiki looks for new paths within the traditional process of creating prints; his prints often have a limited color palette to nuances of unique colors or he creates low key contrast to lift the subject matter from the environment. Namiki also creates a special effect using a golden and silver leaf background, on which he arranges the print in oil based colors.