FANTASISTA UTAMARO

FANTASISTA UTAMARO

Utamaro is first of all an artist, but he is also an animation director, illustrator, graphic designer, textile designer, and art director, born in Japan and now based in New York, He is part of the new generation of young Japanese artists that challenge the traditional boundaries of art.
His distinctive ultra pop and technicolor style expresses the explosive energy in his works that are created based on his three concepts: celebration, freedom, and limitlessness.
He recently took part in an art event for Syrian refugees at the UN headquarters in New York City.
He has also collaborated with for many years with Murakami Takashi and directed Pharrell Williams music videos “it Girl”, and also worked on Japanese movies and magazines as an art director.
He has exhibited his art works in Paris in 2017 for the first time and has participated at the Urban Art Fair in Paris in 2017 and 2018.

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ICHI

ICHI

Born in Shikoku, Japan, and moving to Tokyo at the age of 20, Ichi is known for his collage works.
He is now based in Hong Kong. Moving to New York at his young ages and living as a homeless for a few years formed the base of fantasy and solitude in his sense of creation.
His works show the influence of the modernized and developed cities on a naive young man from a conservative countryside in Japan.
Ichi has exhibited in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan, and his works have been collected by Mr. Brainwash, Nick Walker, and other collectors from around the world.

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JUN INOUE

JUN INOUE

Born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan, being influenced by his zen monk grandfather on the philosophy and aesthetic visions, Jun studied traditional Japanese calligraphy when he was young.
Having the American culture also impact his youth, Jun’s works are a combination of two very different styles of art – shodo, traditional Japanese calligraphy, and raku-gaki, or graffiti.
He has exhibited in galleries in Paris, Tokyo, Oregon (US), Melbourne, and has participated at the Urban Art Fair in Paris.
He also has collaborated with the Nike stores in the US and a Japanese designer Mihara Yasuhiro during the Paris Fashion Week.

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LY

LY

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Ly has been deeply influenced by mural paintings and graffiti from an early age.
She paints monochromatic cityscapes that reflects both her memories and imaginations using black, white and grey, featuring monsters that represent her emotions.
Her murals can be found in the most active corners that represent the youth and street culture of Japan, such as Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku in Tokyo, and Kyoto.
She has also recently painted on the walls of Minneapolis, Bangkok, Malaysia and others.
She has participated at the Urban Art Fair in Paris.

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MEGURU YAMAGUCHI

MEGURU YAMAGUCHI

Born and raised in Shibuya, Tokyo, and now based in Brooklyn, NY, Meguru’s works investigate the brushstrokes through the lens of street culture, Japanese aesthetic sensibilities and his intimate studies of modern and contemporary western paintings, in which the artist refers to as “cut and paste”.
He has collaborated with American brands such as Stussy, FTC, ALIFE, and Chari&Co NYC., and has participated in numerous exhibitions and art fairs in Japan as well as overseas such as Kinfold 94, +81 Gallery, Ace Hotel in New York, the Urban Art Fair and Art Élysée in Paris.

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SAL

SAL

Born in Hyogo, Japan in 1970, SAL started painting in 1996.
Being a graphic artist in the early days, he went through a drastic change in his art style in 2008 where one of his methods included pencil drawings on big pieces of patchwork canvases.
His focus now is more on expressing the aspects of humanity, where one can see the influence of the Japanese naturalistic art style from his graphic artist days.
He is known for creating the album cover for DJ KRUSH’s best album in 2006.
He has also been commissioned to create art works for various clients including the ballroom mural at the Hyatt Regency in Düsseldorf.
He has exhibited his art works in Paris for the first time in 2016.

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SHOHEI

SHOHEI

Born in 1980 in Tokyo as the son of a famous manga artist, Katsuhiro Otomo (creator of Akira), he went to the Tama Art University and worked as a freelance illustrator after graduation.
He is famous for his drawings mainly using ballpoint pens creating images with ultra-precise and fine lines.
His artworks present mixtures of traditional and modern day Japan, which include images such as geishas, yōkais and samurais depicted together with the iconoclastic visions of the 21st century.
He has provided illustrations for the “Carhartt WIP” campaign in 2012, the album cover for ‘Yoshu Fukushu” by Maximum the Hormone, collaborated with NIKE, and decorated the facade of the agnès b. Shop in Aoyama, Tokyo.
His first exhibition in Paris was in 2017 where he showed his project “LOOP”.

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SHUN KAWAKAMI

SHUN KAWAKAMI

An artist, designer, founder and director of artless Inc., a branding and creative agency for art, design and business, Shun was born in 1977 in Fukagawa, Tokyo. He sees the crossover between “art and design”, and bases his style mainly on the “unique Japanese aesthetic ideas” of cultural products from the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1600) such as ink wash paintings, etc. Since 2000, he has incorporated “design and technology” in his works to pursue a new sense of aesthetics.
He has participated in art salons such as the Kansei-Japan Design Exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs 2008 and the Salon des Beaux Arts 2017 both at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.
He has also won several prestigious international awards including NY ADC: Young Gun 6, NY ADC, NY TDC, The One Show and London International Award.

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TAKERU AMANO

TAKERU AMANO

Born in Tokyo and moved to New York to study engravings in his young age, Takeru is a painter and sculptor that incorporates classicism and modernity, foreign influences and Japanese pop culture in his creations.
Takeru was in contact with the world of art since his childhood.
He has exhibited his artworks in Paris since 2016, but also in Tokyo and Hong Kong, and collaborated with Newart and produced cushions of his designs.

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