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Working ManBy Ryota Unno

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US$ 3,350



Oil Paint, Mineral pigments (iwa-enogu), acrylic & gold foil on Japanese paper

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Dimensions: 52.5cm (H) x 80cm (W) / 20.7" (H) x 31.5" (W)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.


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Artist Statement

Influenced by genre paintings of the Edo period in Japan three centuries ago, Ryota engages the audience with highly intricate details and delightful visual storytelling, to explore and highlight social culture, local traditions and human behaviors from his unique and quirky point of view. His works encourages the rediscovery of fun and an appreciation of life’s simple pleasures, which are increasingly being taken for granted or forgotten in our modern 21st century society. The light-hearted and daring renditions, revealing comical expressions and even perverse content, seemingly antithesis to the more commonly known image of Japanese people that is usually seen as serious, polite and diligent, unveil the other side of the highly complex society.

Ryota Unno was born in 1977, Shizuoka, Japan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Japanese Painting from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in year 2004, specializing in painting with traditional Japanese medium such as iwaenogu (natural mineral pigments) and gold foil on Japanese paper. Ryota has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Hong Kong, Japan, USA, Brazil, Italy, Taiwan and Singapore.


Artist Profile

Born: 1977
Hometown: Shizuoka
Based in: Tokyo

From afar, Ryota Unno’s works resembles traditional Japanese scroll paintings, but upon closer inspection, they are really the artist’s humorous depictions of contemporary society and modern life.

Painting with traditional Japanese medium such as iwaenogu (mineral pigments) and gold foil on Japanese paper, Ryota is influenced by genre paintings of the …


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