Kaoru Saito was born in Kanagawa, Japan 1931. He studied Fine Art under Tsuruta Goro and Arai Tatsuo from 1948-1950. He became a member of the Shunyo-kai, an important Japanese printmakers’ organization. He is particularly well-known for his mezzotints, many of beautiful women. He has had countless exhibitions, and he is generally considered one of Japan's finest mezzotint artists. He continues to live and work in Japan.
Saito's female images are both romantic and sensual. His art combines a traditional Japanese theme (beautiful women) and a Western technique, mezzotint. The traditional Japanese woodblock limits the fineness of detail and color gradation. The mezzotint technique is better for Saito’s nearly photo-realistic images with intensive light and shadow effects.