Text by:Takuo Komatsuzaki, Marilyn Zeitlin and Jacopo Crivelli Visconti
Co-published by Kyuryudo Art-Publishing, Co.,Ltd. Tokyo
and Art-ist Inc.,New York
224 pages, hard cover, A4 size (21 x 30 cm).
Text in English, Japanese and Portuguese.
This book will cover works from 2007 to recent times, and convey the magnitude of this contemporary artist's pieces.
In spite of the rich creativity and color, many of the works also reveal a sharp criticism of the modern world.
With themes as varying as simple kitchens, expansive cities, and the political borders of countries, the phantasmagoric nature of the world he draws comes as a welcome surprise.
Kyodo News, Japan (March 2016)
Oscar Oiwa is known for his multicultural, detailed, and figurative oil painting. He often depicts worlds closely familiar and yet unexpected— imaginary urban landscapes seen from multiple points of view.
Art critic/ curator, Phoenix
This book demonstrates Oscar Oiwa’s amazing skill as a draughtsman and painter and object-maker, and his ambition. His opening statement alerts us to the majestic scope of that ambition, as he lets us know that as an artist he has done no less than to create a world. With his characteristic inventiveness, restless mind, and wit, he addresses the world in its entirety, from its most sordid aspects to the most lofty. The book presents the creation of a vast project done in the village of Oji, a seamless work that references a huge scroll, encompassing space from ceiling, walls and Floor. The work flows out the door, into the other world, welcoming viewers to the imagined reality he has evoked in black and white. While Oiwa embraces the cruel, powerful, fear-inspiring realities, h always saves a small nest, a place of comfort and safety. All this and more are captured in The Creation of the World.
Actor/producer, New York
Visual art that provokes a visceral expression. Oscar is 21st century gift that ignites tomorrow's artist. A crosta cultural unique voice in modern art.
Art historian, Tokyo
A beautifull and comprehensive volume in both japanese and english, overseen by the artist himself, on one of the most important Brazilian artists today, Oscar Oiwa.
Architect, São Paulo
Amazing work in a very well produced book! Really worth its price! Oscar Oiwa is already a well known artist throughout the World and his works are spreaded out Within the best art galleries.
College student, Wisconsin
Tropical colors in Brazil, sky scrapers in NY, neon signs in Tokyo… Oscar’s multi-culture experience will guide us to the unique, mysterious world. Even though some of his arts focus on crisis and darkness, we can see the taste of hope like children’s-eyes in them, telling us that we shall always find our own light in this time of life we live in.
Oscar Oiwa is an artist of Japanese descent, born and raised in Brazil. He graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism, São Paulo University (1989). He currently lives and works in New York City, though his artwork has been exhibited worldwide.
He has had over 60 solo exhibitions since 1990, including Arizona State University Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, Takamatsu City Museum and Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro. Selected public collections: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Tokyo), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Tokyo), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Yokohama Museum of Art (Kanagawa), Toyota Municipal Museum(Aichi), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art(Hiroshima), Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art(Hyogo), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa(Ishikawa), Utsunomiya Museum of Art (Tochigi), Phoenix Museum of Art(Arizona), Arizona State University Art Museum (Arizona), Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (Monaco), University of São Paulo Museum of Contemporary Art (São Paulo).
Stop by and meet the author
-next presentation: coming soon
ACC-Asian Cultural Conciul, New York. August 30th, 2016,
Artfront Gallery, Tokyo. April 28th, 2016