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Oakland CA 2015
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Haro with his drawing, "White Tigers"
U.C. Berkeley Exhibit Reception
San Francisco CA 1981
Haro Kagemoto has been a photographer and printmaker for the past fifty years. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and is included in many public and private collections throughout the United States.
Haro grew up in Hawaii, spending his childhood in Kalihi Valley and in Waipahu. In 1967, he taught himself to play the guitar and joined several Top 40 garage bands, including the Lovin' Sounds. While a student at Waipahu High School, he learned black-and-white photography and darkroom techniques from Robert Bow. After graduation, he moved to Manoa Valley and worked for Technicolor Inc. in their Kodachrome processing department. He also worked as a commercial photo-mural printer. Haro earned a proficiency certificate from the School of Modern Photography, New Jersey, in 1972.
In 1977, Haro received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking with a minor in Photography from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. His thesis exhibition, "Skyscrapers" consisted of color lithographs and black-and-white photographs. Haro studied lithography with Ron Kraver and intaglio etching with Edward Stasack. During the summers, he taught printmaking workshops on Lanai and Oahu.
After graduation, Haro moved to Upstate New York and taught printmaking at Communications Village in Kingston. He also supervised the summer stock set building carpenters at The Woodstock Playhouse. His early artistic influences included the colorful designs of Peter Max, the expressive photo-etchings of John Morita, the vibrant intaglio etchings of Pat Jow and the insightful photographs of Drew Carolan. In 1979, Haro received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking with a minor in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He studied intaglio etching with Benjamin Wigfall and photography with John Seaholm. His thesis exhibition consisted of intaglio etchings and lithographs from his series, "The Divers" and black-and-white photographs from his ongoing series, "Silent Music."
Haro lives in the San Francisco - Oakland area with his wife (artist Pat Jow), daughter and cats. He has taught printmaking and drawing at San Francisco State University and at the University of California Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. Haro worked for San Francisco State University from 1987 until his retirement in 2017. He has also held certifications as a California Department of Health Lead Professional and was a registered State of California Notary Public.
Haro is a member of the American Film Institute (AFI), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Institute of Supply Management (ISM Life Member), American Mensa (Mensa Life Member) and International Mensa. He received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and is included in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in the West and the Cambridge Who's Who.
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