It all started when I saw a picture of a soft clock thirty odd years ago. The picture was a door that led me to the world. When I began stepping into the wide world with fear I thought I was in the outside world for a while, but in fact I was just moving towards my inner self... It was hard for me to live well in the real world, but the inner world was tolerant and forgiving, and freed me of anxiety. In there I enjoy loneliness, wander about and I meet all things of a shade.
Biography: I was born in a town near Tokyo, Japan and live in Tokyo now. I was in a Japanese contemporary performing art group when I was young, around the end of 1970's. In those days I painted pictures, made strange dolls, wrote poems, and occasionally was a performer. Till the middle of 1990's, I had taken part in several contemporary art events in Tokyo. I got a prize at the short film contest in 1991. I have three children, two daughters and one son. My last child was born in 1987. After that, in 1995, I entered a distance course at university thinking to broaden my knowledge, and continued studying. I studied art history, philosophy, aesthetics and visual culture and managed to obtain two bachelor's degree. In 1998 I published a small book called "A Closed Garden". My painting has been mostly self-taught since I was overwhelmed by Salvador Dali's work at the age of 15. Now most of my pictures are first drawn by pencil and pen, and then treated with CG tools.
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