I am an artist who was born and raised in Osaka, Japan, and I currently live in New York City. I studied graphic design and illustration in college and got a job as a graphic designer at a design studio in Osaka. I then moved to Tokyo and worked five years as a graphic designer, spending most of the day in front of a computer.
As I incessantly used a keyboard and a mouse to designs ads, brochures and magazines, I became more and more interested in drawing by hand. And I also wanted to paint.
I've always loved American Pop Art. I moved to New York City in 2004 because I wanted to catch the spirit of the city, the birthplace of Pop Art, and start my career there as an artist. When I first began, my artworks were hand-drawn reproductions of digital graphic designs. The art itself could be of anything, and I created random works of anything I could see around me.
Early on, I focused on the act of painting with a brush in my hand. However, that changed slowly over time, as the objects themselves started to have more significance. I create art now that is close to my heart. In other words, my recent works include my emotions.
My daughter was born in September 2017. There are so many things we can learn from our children through our everyday interactions. The biggest thing she taught me was the expression of happiness. I’ve learned about the feeling of pure bliss by observing my child, and my art now focuses on the symbolic showing of that joy.