Shinya 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.
Shinya Azuma was born in Osaka in 1994, and currently based in Kyoto, Japan. Azuma received M.F.A in Contemporary Art from Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Azuma's faux naïf style paintings attracted many attentions among collectors and gallerists and the most of works got sold out due to the high popularity since at school. His works has been exhibited in galleries across Japan, including special section for young artists at Sydney Contemproary (2019).