On the occasion of the sixteenth edition of ART FAIR TOKYO in Tokyo in March 2021, COHJU contemporary art is pleased to present a solo booth of new paintings by Japanese artist, Shinya Azuma.
Shinya Azuma was born in Osaka in 1994, and currently live and based in Osaka, Japan. Azuma received M.F.A in Contemporary Art from Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Azuma makes a sketch of images inspired by the news programmes or sceneries in daily life through his experience, and remakes it on canvas with bold brush strokes. Azuma’s simple paintings with peculiar colour usage and dynamic texture of the medium have quirkiness somehow, and vigour which stops us to see the picture. However, each subject in the paintings derives from some well-timed serious issues such as the wealth inequality or protests all over the world. Like memes on the social media, the distinctive type of humour which can be both of the satire and the self-deprecating sarcasm is one of the attractions on his works.