Yasuaki Okamoto is a New York based Japanese artist. Before settling down in New York he has been travelling and living in Spain, Barcelona, and Montreal.
His artwork is mostly metaphorical and tries to convey a message to the viewer. He is greatly influenced by his travels and uses those experiences to create his artwork. His artworks are exhibited at The WAH (Williamsburg Art & Historical) Center, SPACEWOMb Gallery, Studio 580, Ward-Nasse Gallery, NYCoo Gallery among several others and he has won several awards.
His subjects revolve around nature, with animals, birds, marine life, flowers, wildlife constantly recurring. He mostly works in colorful oil media. At one point he decided to depict man-made objects and incorporate social messages, instead of just painting things from nature. It was a kind of protest against something he experienced on his travels.
He paints for a social cause, always trying to talk to his viewers through his painting. Nature and mankind is a recurring subject of his paintings as he tries to express the conflict between them. He is concerned about the social and environmental issues that plague our planet. “I am not trying to describe what is wrong”, he says. “What’s important to me is describing what has happened, or is happening, in our world”. His intention is to enable the viewer to empathize with the issues depicted and have a deeper concern for the theme that he creates.
His paintings are abstract and have a smooth finish to it. He uses bold colors and indicates transition through use of metaphors in his art. The use of colors immediately convey to you the indication of an underlying message. The reds and oranges indicating trouble and destruction. Many of the transitions are from nature to man-made objects indicating the pressure man creates on his environment.
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