"For a long time, I believed that God (kami) in Japan was not one presence but inhabited all things and lurked everywhere in nature. Kami has been thought of as a superhuman that does not have a specific form and shape. In my view, Kami is personified even though the presence is ambiguous."
About the artist
Born in Nagano Prefecture in 1986, OZ Keisuke 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. Recently, Keisuke Yamaguchi has found inspiration in ukiyo-e, carrying the spirit of the floating world into his contemporary paintings.