Born at Toyama, Japan. She lived in Paris since 1954. Wife of the artist Yozo Hamaguchi. Named official artist of the United Nations in 1959 for her print "Tree of Peace" Minami began her career as a painter, studying under Mori Yoshio and Hamaguchi Yozo, whom she married. In 1953, the couple moved to France. After a period of study at the Friedlandel Print Institute, Minami began to work primarily in etching. Her work subsequently appeared regularly at international print exhibitions. Her lyrical and charming figurative works have been reproduced on popular greeting cards, sold by the Museum of Modern Art and UNICEF beginning in the late 1950's. In 1961 Minami and Hamaguchi moved to San Francisco, where they remained for many years. Volk, Alicia. MADE IN JAPAN The Postwar Creative Print Movement. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum in association with University of Washington Press, 2005, pg. 112. (hgs 9/23/08).