Shigeki Kuroda was born in 1953 in Yokohama in the Kanagawa Prefecture. In 1977 he began studying painting at Tama University of Art in Tokyo and finished with a masters degree in 1979. In 1984 Shigeki Kuroda traveled to the United States where he learned different printmaking methods - etching, drypoint, mezzotint and aquatint.
The artist grew up in the midst of a conflict between tradition and the western modernization and industrialization. Against this backdrop, Kuroda deals with the change of the Japanese cultural identity in his works.