I was born in Hiroshima, Japan and after studying visual design at Kyoto City University of Art I came to London to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
I used to work as a Graphic Designer but soon realised that I wanted to do more physical work rather than talking to computers all day long! One of my friends recommended London because the city was very dynamic. In 2005, I came to London and met some inspiring people and my practice dramatically developed.
My recent work 'Imaginary Portrait Series', which I started during my MA at Central Saint Martins, was selected for New Contemporaries in 2006 and also for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters 2008.
I have recently been featured in Art World magazine which was good exposure and with it being an international magazine I received lots of feedback from different countries.
Why did you decide to study at Central Saint Martins?
The college has a great reputation and a friend of mine recommended it to me. I also wanted to experience a different culture and wanted to come to London rather than staying in Japan.
What was the best bit about living and studying in London?
Living in London gave me the chance to meet different people and experience different cultures. People are open and receptive to new ideas and different ways of thinking. Also people love art!
What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?
It may sound harsh but be selfish - in a good way! And don't be afraid to change.
And for students about to graduate?
My friend once told me "Keep focused on what you are doing and be patient" and I believe this is true.
What are you up to now? How did you get there?
I am an artist and on the way to becoming an established artist. I'm working for my next solo show and group show. My friends and supporters have helped me along the way with advice and opportunities.
How has Central Saint Martins helped in your chosen career path?
I met some inspirational people while at Central Saint Martins such as the MA Fine Art course director, Joanna Greenhill. The advice, inspiration and opportunities I received at Central Saint Martins have guided me to where I am now.
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