Hiroki Kishimoto (b. 1982) has developed his own unique world of Japanese-style painting, which is not too much bound by the framework of Japanese-style painting, but also adds the realism of Western-style painting.
Since his grandfather was a Japanese painter in the Seiryusha (a Showa-era Japanese painting organization formed in 1929 by Ryuko Kawabata, a Japanese painter), painting with Japanese painting materials from his childhood was a fun and playful time for him, and he naturally became attracted to the world of painting.
While using Japanese painting materials, I was also attracted to the centripetal realism of Antonio Lopez Garcia, a favorite of mine when I was a student, and I have somehow come to aim for a new frontier of Japanese painting, which is a fusion of the anti-realism of Kaii Higashiyama and his anthemic imagery.
I am often attracted to relief-like structures and alleyways in foreign countries (mainly in Europe), and I depict not only the scenery but also the atmosphere of the years in which people have lived.
While using traditional Japanese painting techniques, he sublimates his works by adding new essences, including Western paintings, to his unique world of Japanese painting.
1982 Born in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
2003 Entered Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Major in Japanese Painting
2006 Awarded the International Takifuji Art Prize
2007 First prize in the 62nd Spring Inten Exhibition (08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17)
Selected for the first time at the 92nd Inten (08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
2009 Nominated as an Inyu of the Japan Art Institute
Graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Graduate School, Division of Fine Arts, Japanese Painting
2013 April - 2016 Part-time lecturer at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music
2015 Art Fair Tokyo, solo exhibition
Hankyu Umeda, solo exhibition
Awarded the Encouragement Prize at the 3rd Sakura Art Museum Cherry Blossom Prize Exhibition
2017 Seibu Ikebukuro, solo exhibition