Hometown: Yamaguchi, Japan
Lives and Works: Tokyo, Japan
Osamu Watanabe has opened up his path as an artist with an original technique called Fake Cream, is also known by the name of the Cream Prince of the Art World, having gained popularity as a one and only artist.
What is amazing about Watanabe is that he has been talking about the appeal of his own artwork to a wide range of art lovers and turning them into fans.
In addition to his interesting viewpoint of substituting the cream in sweets that everyone has seen since childhood, the tactile cuteness, as well as the imposing presence of the pieces as works of art are all appealing and attract support from a great number of people.
His solid point of view, which has an aura that instantly makes a room glamorous, adding a mysterious, magic-like feeling, is also a reason for his popularity.
Breaking the record for visitors at the Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum (leading to travelling exhibition throughout Japan), publishing of 3 books, over 60 types of products developed, establishing a fan club, his popularity levels are far from being copied by other artists.
Popularity often contributes for the valuation in price of artwork, and it is expected that he will continue to increase his activities as an artist supported by his fans.
It is not an easy feat to stand out among the many people trying to become professional artists, and the reality is that many will end up never having been in the spotlight. But Watanabe has continued to create without losing his sense of direction, and is one of the few artists who have gained success through his self-producing power. His strength to persist in his beliefs and to never give up is how he won appreciation as an artist.
Although Watanabe has expanded his field of activity with dazzling speed, he is actually just 37 years old. Buying at least 1 piece from this artist is a must at the moment, when the number of foreign collectors is increasing.
"Sweet Summer": Osamu Watanabe at Whitestone Gallery：
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