Torii Kiyonobu was a painter of Ukiyoe in the middle period of Edo, and was the founder of the Torii school. He was born in Osaka in 1664 as a son of Torii Kiyomoto, a Ukiyoe painter.
The father and son moved to Edo in 1687. He first learned painting technique from his father. Later he privately learned from Hishikawa Moronobu and was greatly affected by him. Then he created his own painting style.
Since his father draw billboard pictures for Kabuki plays in Edo, Kiyonobu also drew pictures of Kabuki players and at last completed the Torii school's original picture style of Kabuki players.
Thereafter, the Torii school was deeply rooted as one of the school for Kabuki pictures in Edo.