"What kinds of images resonate when the Japanese think of waves? I think what happened on March 11, 2011 drastically changed how waves reverberate in the hearts of the Japanese people, now realizing the balance of mother nature’s sacred beautiful, yet unforgiving force. I think what we need now is “a spirit of tomorrow,” what we as Japanese have held dearly since long before." - OZ
About the artist
Born in Nagano Prefecture in 1986, Yamaguchi attended Nagano National College of Technology for Architecture in 2003. Following his graduation in 2007, he continued his education at Nagaoka Institute of Design, where he studied Architecture and the Environment. His focus has since shifted from architecture to painting. Yamaguchi has actively exhibited his contemporary paintings internationally since 2007. He was the inaugural winner of the 2016 Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence Program. Yamaguchi often integrates process and product in his live painting performances. From the live painting at the ruins of Ueda Castle in Nagano to Central Park in New York City, Yamaguchi’s original technique draws and enchants crowds.
“What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” - Kobayashi Issa