George Serban: Promoting Ukiyo-e In Romania

George Serban has a passion for Japanese art, and has been an avid Ukiyo-e collector for ten years. His impressive collection now includes around 2,000 works by 60 Edo and Meiji era artists. George is dedicated to making Ukiyo-e art known in his home country of Romania. He actively organizes exhibitions in museums in different Romanian cities. In the last 4 years he has organized 6 exhibitions of Japanese prints. On February 21, 2022 he will hold his latest exhibition of Meij Era prints at  Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu, Romania. 

George’s favorite artists include Harunobu, Sharaku, Toyokuni I, Utamaro, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, Kunisada, Kunichika, Chikanobu, Yoshitoshi and others.

George’s advice to novice collectors is to do what he did. First learn something about Japanese history and culture. After that, read catalogues from Japanese print exhibitions and attend gallery shows.

George is continuing to promote Ukiyo-e in Romania in order to increase it’s popularity and visibility. At each of his exhibitions he produces a Catalogue/Album, which is distributed free of charge.

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If you want to learn more about collector George Serban and see the many other types of art he collects, please check out his Facebook page at

Favorite Prints & Series

Sharaku-Actor Otani Oniji III, 1794
Sharaku: Actor Otani Oniji III, 1794
Kitagawa Utamaro: Young lady blowing on a poppin
Kitagawa Utamaro: "Young lady blowing on a poppin". Ten Types in the Physionomic Study of Women, 1792-1794
One hundred Aspects of the Moon, 1886
Yoshitoshi: The Jade Rabbit - One hundred Aspects of the Moon, 1886
No. 40 Yazama Shinroku Mitsukaze 矢間真六光風 / Seichu gishi den 誠忠義士傳
Kuniyoshi: No. 40 Yazama Shinroku Mitsukaze 矢間真六光風 / Seichu gishi den 誠忠義士傳 (Biographies of Loyal and Righteous Samurai)