Yuichiro Moriyama is a Japanese painter who pays attention to small pleasures and discrete emotions of everyday life. His paintings and drawings portray a romantic side of reality, a parallel universe which is a mysterious yet beautiful mirror reflection of our regular world. It is not easy to categorize his work – it is neither conceptual nor decorative. Admittedly, it retains a certain simplicity, a natural elegance favored by the artist.
Yuichiro Moriyama was born in Kumamoto, Japan in the mid-80s. After the initial training in Japan at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, Moriyama came to Paris to complete his education, first in 2006-2007 at the School of Plastic Arts, then from 2007 to 2012 at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris aka ENSBA. After he has completed the art program at ENSBA, he stayed there for a year, assisting the workshop of Jean-Michel Alberola, a French painter who explores the borders of figuration, abstraction, and conceptualism.
Yuichiro Moriyama creates his pieces indirectly – he uses photography in order to create the basic frame and compositions of his work, then he reconstructs these photographs and converts them into paintings. This transformation from photography to painting creates an overall improvement in the atmosphere of the specific scene, according to Moriyama. This improvement is beautifying the world in the sense that it represents only the most poetic scenes of the daily routine. When it comes to the technical aspect of his pieces, Moriyama’s imagery emphasizes the play of reflections found on mirrors or windows, which creates a very positive, idyllic atmosphere. The background of Moriyama’s paintings is as important as the objects in the foreground and his approach focuses on lightness, transparency and fragility of landscapes and people.
Moriyama’s work has been featured in more than 15 solo and group shows in Japan and France. He is a very active artist who has been participating in the art scenes of Japan and France since 2002. Currently, he’s working on a new series of paintings, which is focusing on the forms found in landscapes, architecture and skies. Since paintings include more romanticism than reality, they seduce us and dominate the real world. One color runs into another one, just as if the two universes were blending. And this is the phenomenon that I paint, replied Moriyama when asked about his main ideas and sources of inspiration.
The artist is represented by Green Flowers Art.
Featured image: Yuichiro Moriyama – Femmes Lisant, 2015
All images courtesy of the artist.
|2016||ART UP!||Lille Grand Palais, Lille, France||Group|
|2015||Yuichiro Moriyama||Galerie d'Art de Creteil, Creteil, France||Solo|
|2015||Yuichiro Moriyama||l'Espace Culturel des Tanneries, la Ferrière sur Risle, Haute-Normandie, France||Solo|
|2015||Les Memoires sur la Table||Green flowers art gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, France||Solo|
|2015||Enfance||Green flowers art gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, France||Group|
|2015||COLLECTIVE PAPIER||Green flowers art gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, France||Group|
|2015||Carte blanche aux galeries d'art||Espace Landowski, Boulogne-Billancourt, France||Group|
|2014||All Are Guest||Green Flowers Art gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, France||Group|
|2014||Novembre a Vitry 2014||Gallerie municipale Jean-Collet, Vitry-sur-Seine, France||Group|
|2013||Comme si la vie etait romantique||Green flowers art gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, France||Solo|
|2013||Blow of Heart||Hotel Courtyard by MARRIOTT, Boulogne-Billancourt, France||Solo|
|2013||Paliss'art :Performance pictorial of the contemporary art||La Gueroulde, south of l'Eure, France||Group|
|2013||Carte blanche aux galeries||Espace Landowski, Boulogne-Billancourt, France||Group|
|2013||Yuichiro Moriyama||Green Flowers Art gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, France||Group|
|2013||St Art 2013: European contemporary art fair||Parc des expositions-Wacken, Strasbourg, France||Group|
|2013||Poissy Talents||Centre de diffusion artistique de Poissy, Poissy, France||Group|
|2013||Yuichiro Moriyama||Open Studios of ENSBA, Paris, France||Group|
|2012||Ordinary||Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France||Solo|
|2012||ici et ailleurs||Galerie droite, ENSBA, Paris, France||Group|
|2012||Inter:section||Institus Franco-Japonais, Kyoto, Japon||Group|
|2011||Sensibles et Confusions||Galerie Gauche, ENSBA, Paris, France||Group|
|2010||Yuichiro Moriyama||Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France||Solo|
|2010||Internationale Dessin fair 2010||Espace des Arts frontieres, Paris, France||Group|
|2004||Grand Prix of Art Box||Loft Marquardt, Paris, France||Group|
|2004||Biennale de Kumamoto II||Art Box Gallery,Tokyo||Group|
|2002||Ginko||Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum||Group|
|2002||Kenbi||Musée départemental de Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan||Group|
|Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan||Group|