I am a painter born in Japan and based in New York. By depicting fragments of my daily life, I express the distance between New York and Japan and the relationship between myself and the outside world.
After studying illustration and graphic design at Sozosha College of Design in Osaka Japan, I started my career as a graphic designer. As a designer, I worked mainly in advertising and editorial design. After exhibiting my work at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo in 2001, I began working as an artist alongside a graphic designer.
In 2004, I moved to New York to devote myself to be artist. I chose New York because American Pop Art of the 60's is the root of my expression. Roy Lichtenstein in particular has been an influence on me since I was a teenager.
After moving to the U.S., I studied painting at the Art Students League of NY. I received the NYCoo Prize from NYCoo Gallery in 2005. Since my first solo exhibition at ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery NY in 2007, I have had solo shows at Tezukayama Gallery in Osaka Japan, Gallery Onetwentyeight in NYC, Gallery A-zone in Okayama Japan, and others. In addition, I have participated in art fairs and group exhibitions around the world such as Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair, Art Fair Tokyo, KIAF 10, Korea International Art Fair and Art Taipei 2018. In 2017 I received Artist in Residency support from the Ryuji Ueno Foundation.
Since becoming a father in 2017, I have been thinking about how I can give my daughter a happy life. It naturally came to be reflected in my work. I am currently working on a painting on the theme of "what is happiness?"