Yusk Imai

United States 1982


Yusk Imai
Yusk Imai
United States
November 30, 2014
Nina Karaicic is a journalist with experience in TV and radio media. Born in 1989, she had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Journalism). Interests: Photography, Art, Film, Folklore, Video Games

Yusk Imai is a contemporary artist who was born in the U.S.A. in 1982, to a Japanese descendent family. At the age of 6 months his family migrated to São Paulo where he lived until recently. Since 2007, Yusk has exhibited extensively within galleries, at art fairs and on the street across Europe, U.S.A., Australia and South America.

The flat perspectives and dramatic curves demonstrated in Imai’s work is reminiscent of Art Nouveau greats such as Gustav Klimt. Much like the collection of short stories of the same title, “Oblivion” by influential author David Foster Wallace, that expose the rawness of humanity through surreal landscapes and nightmarish tales reeking of maniacal behaviour, insomnia, suffering and self-defeat, Imai’s paintings and drawings lure us into state of self-consciousness and questioning. These ostensibly post-apocalyptic works tread warily between sci-fi apparitions, threatening premonitions and horror stills. Like a séance, they speak to Dali’s technique for creative thinking; a thinking that was founded on the moments in which we begin to fall asleep. When this sleeping pattern is interrupted and we are awoken, we find the subconscious rise to the conscious as a definitive form through either image or word.

While the works in Oblivion have a definitive starting point, they materialize organically. Beginning as a simple line, circle, or pattern, Imai’s hand is governed by the impromptu recollection of forgotten dreams and mislaid memories. It moves in reaction only to the mark that follows the last. Like the part human, part robotic hands within his images which appear to orchestrate the spectacles that unfold before us, Imai’s acts as if it too is guided by a puppeteer – an ascendant body, be that a ruling power or spiritual leader.

Yusk Imai is currently undertaking a two-month residency in Melbourne, Australia, before travelling to Tokyo, where he is planning a new collection of illustrations based on Japanese folklore and then Europe, where he will establish a studio.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014 A Study of Hair Backwoods GalleryGroup
2014 Oblivion SeriesBackwoods GallerySolo
2013 A Study of EyesBackwoods Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2013 Stroke Art Fair Munich, GermanyGroup
2013 Strictly paper Munich, GermanyGroup
2012 A Study of hands group show Melbourne and Sydney, Australia Group
2012 Feira Parte Art fair, Paço das Artes USP, São Paulo, BrazilGroup
2011 Ysk ImaiBackwoods Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2011 KONT project Tallinn, EstoniaSolo
2011 Release of Suben’s Latin america’s Mural art” Pictures on walls gallery, London, UKSolo
2011 Stroke Artfair Munich, GermanyGroup
2010 Rojo-Nova Image and Sound Museum of São PauloGroup
2010 STROKE02 art fairMunich, GermanyGroup
2010 Conquistadores Strychnin Gallery in New York, USAGroup
2010 Group show in Black Forest, with Alexander Becherer e Christian Kramer GermanyGroup
2010 Group show Nuthouse gallery, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2010 Yusk Imai galleria 600, São Paulo, BrazilSolo
2010The exhibition of the english Alphabetthe project LTRHDS,Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2009 Group show Milan, ItalyGroup
2009R.U.A. Festival NetherlandsGroup
2009 Group show Intoxicated-demons gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008 Group show organized by the german company S.A.P. (ITA)Group
2008 Group ShowIDG gallery Berlin, GemanyGroup
2007 Yusk Imai Mabe Institute gallery, São Paulo, Brazil.Solo