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Osamu Giovanni Micico

Osamu Giovanni Micico moved to Italy in 2008 to study the paintings of the Old Masters. He “had never read the Bible, knew nothing of the stories of Christ in the gospels, and had never heard of the apostles, when his experience studying sacred art in Italy brought him to the Catholic faith.”1 In a way, he said, he encountered Jesus and the gospel the way people in the Middle Ages, who generally could not read, learned the Faith—through symbols in art.


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Osamu Giovanni Micico

Friendship with Irish artist Dony MacManus, who was then living in Florence, also inspired Osamu. Still knowing nothing about the Bible, he attended a lecture Dony gave on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Their friendship led to Osamu’s baptism in 2010, with Dony as his godfather.

Osamu now creates sacred art himself.

Osamu Micico told SMPA that “as an artist, I also believe in what beauty can offer to the world. So I'm totally on your mission. Please feel free to profile me and my works. Also please pray for me and my sacred art production so as the Holy Spirit guides me to communicate the beauty of the Creation and the Love which the Lord showed us. I will pray for your mission from Florence, Italy too.”
 
In November 2018, one of Osamu’s paintings, “Holy Mother of Sorrow and Hope,” was given to the Archdiocese of Nagasaki, where it hangs in the Cathedral’s Marian chapel. This chapel is dedicated to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. It shows Our Lady of Sorrow in the foreground, with the background depicting the exploding atomic bomb and the burning city beneath.


1See “This Japanese painter found the faith through sacred art” – an article by Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency (Rome, Italy, Nov 13, 2019 / 03:01 am), at https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/this-japanese-painter-found-the-faith-through-sacred-art-37531

Holy Mother of Sorrow and Hope
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Holy Mother of Sorrow and Hope

Osamu Giovanni Micico
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Osamu Giovanni Micico, La Novena del Natale

Osamu Giovanni Micico, La Novena del Natale

Osamu Giovanni Micico, Virgin

Osamu Giovanni Micico, Virgin