Tokyo based Fuco Ueda is a Japanese artist who paints with acrylic achieving a watercolor effect and powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth, and on wood. Ueda’s work has a memorizing effect on the viewer. Most of her work centers on surrealistic scenes and young women. Her paintings describe a bizzare world with various nature elements such as animals, marine fauna, flowers, bees, mushrooms, etc..
Keiichi Tanaami is a seminal figure in Japanese Pop art. “Most of my expressions are based on my actual experiences,” he has said. “The countless amount of stimulative experiences, happenings and encounters…they become the keywords of my expressions.”
Best known for his cartoonish and colorful paintings that blend dream figures and references to childhood experiences with pop culture iconography, Tanaami has also worked in video, animation, as well as graphic design and commercial illustration, drawing profound influence from the work of Andy Warhol.
Aya Kakeda was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Now she draws and creates imaginative worlds in Brooklyn, NY. She has produced art for books, products, posters, magazines, and store installations from clients all over the world. Her sculptures and illustrations often depict cute characters with a bizarre edge to them.
Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito breathes life into stone by transforming it into practically anything but stone itself. His whimsical and unique stone sculptures create surreal optical illusions that can make us forget that they are actually made of solid stone. He is able to create all kinds of objects, ranging from a purse to food, from a t-shirt to a deck of cards. A total and unsettling illusion. The stones come alive in a surprising yet humorist manner. He found his signature in the zipper, as it gives depth and resonance to his treasures.
Jeremy Nichols was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1982. He spent most of his youth in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After high school, he went to the Ohio State University to study printmaking under Charels Massey jr. and Philip von Rabbe. Shortly after he graduated with a BFA, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he is currently working, drawing, painting, and starring at walls.
Yuichi Ikehata is an artist born and based in Chiba, Japan. In a series titled “Fragment of Long Term Memory”, Ikehata sculpts human bodies or body parts using wire, clay, and paper. Next, he photographs the sculpture and digitally adds in skin, hair, eyes, and other features. The final image is so seamless that the viewer cannot tell what is real and what is not. Each sculpture is frozen in a state of unravelling or partial decomposition, their skin flaking off to reveal the structure beneath, as if they were real bodies caught at the edge of an explosion.
Masayoshi Matsumoto is a Japanese balloon artist that has given balloons a new meaning. Using nothing but ordinary balloons, Matsumoto twists, ties, weaves, and squishes his animals into being with remarkable detail.
Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki carves life-size sculptures from wood, but with a twist of mortality and transience. The disturbing pieces hinge often hinge on grotesque as the combination of the bulging weight and density of wood heightens the certainty of death that looms over all his creations. Each piece, with sizes ranging from life-size to miniature, is first sketched directly onto a large section of camphor wood and then chiseled to match the absurd female form.
Japanese artist, Fumihiro Kato, creates his art with a style that has a very complex and meticulous technique, filled with intricate lines that are almost creating designs within designs.
He has been active since the early 2000’s, displaying his numerous works ranging from abstract to landscapes with his own special touch, which is described as on his website as his “own original painting technique, which has never been used by anyone before.”
Masao Kinoshita draws much of his inspiration from diverse mythologies, religions and folklores from around the globe. Fusing narratives across space and time, the horned maenads of ancient Greece live alongside the Yoga Asura deities of Buddhism in a visceral, animalistic universe where fitness reigns supreme.
Kinoshita’s sculptures stand skinned and erect. Working with materials ranging from wood to resin to bronze, the Japanese sculptor uses an aesthetic we normally associate with natural history museums to render athletic, flexing creatures of the sea and land.