• Hirotaka Suzuki

    Perhaps I am painting the cruelty of contemporary life because it is in opposition to my naïve outlook.  In contrast with the physical features of my paintings, I think I am visualizing my feeling of anxiety in contemporary life.  Though I do not think I am fully aware of the relationship between this cruelty and my anxiety, I represent this unsure feeling as figuratively as possible, and I am trying to figure it out in my painting.  Although there are some prominent aspects of our contemporary world, such as commercialism and materialism, I cannot say who my enemy is.  Some of the threats might involve the art world, however to protest such issues overtly does not suit my personal outlook.
        We cannot live in a developed society unless depend on its complex social rule.  Following the rules and social values provides us stability.  However, each of us creates exceptions, unstable rules and changeable standards.  These double phases never unite, and I do not think they should be.  I am really interested in these dilemmas and focus on these realities actually.  This ambiguity may be my starting place and the reason I engage cruelty in my artwork.  There does not appear to be a universal justice or evil in the present world.  We need a grayer position in order to stay peaceful.  In other words, I believe the dilemma of today’s morality, which is different from that of yesterday am, surely has helped develop my insight.  Thus, my message cannot be a negation or an affirmation.  My attitude in my artwork is a reflection of what the contemporary world is to me; my painting is my introspective confession.  I believe I am making right artwork.
    
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  • Acrylic Paintings
  • 1999-2000   Claremont Graduate University,         
                          Claremont, California, Master of Fine Art
    1994-1997   Takushoku University, Tokyo, Japan, Bachelor 
                          of Economics
    
  • 2019 LA Open, Tag Gallery, Los Angeles, California
    2017 Holiday Show, Art Exchange, Long Beach, California     
    2016 ArtStart, Orange County Center for Contemporary                     
              Art, Santa Ana, California                                                                
    2015 Value Scale, SDAI-Museum of Living Artist, San 
              Diego, California
    2015 Made in California, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, 
              California    
    2015 Chaos Theory, Orange County Center for 
              Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California
    2014 Fresh, South Bay Contemporary, Rolling Hills Estate, 
             California
    2014 Southern California Regional Award Exhibition, SDAI- 
              Museum of Living Artist, San Diego, California
    2012 Sacred Memories 2012 Exhibition, Pico House 
             Gallery, Los Angeles, California       
    2011 I Have the Right, PICTURE Art Foundation, Carson, 
             California
    2011 On Being Human: Love, Faith, Shame and Love, 
              PICTURE Art Foundation, Carson, California
    2010 Southern California Open Exhibition, Gallery 825, 
              Los Angeles, California
    2009 West Coast Painters, Andrewsher Gallery, Los 
              Angeless, California
    
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  • 2019 LA Open, Tag Gallery, Los Angeles, California
    2017 Holiday Show, Art Exchange, Long Beach, California     
    2016 ArtStart, Orange County Center for Contemporary                     
              Art, Santa Ana, California                                                                
    2015 Value Scale, SDAI-Museum of Living Artist, San 
              Diego, California
    2015 Made in California, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, 
              California    
    2015 Chaos Theory, Orange County Center for 
              Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California
    2014 Fresh, South Bay Contemporary, Rolling Hills Estate, 
             California
    2014 Southern California Regional Award Exhibition, SDAI- 
              Museum of Living Artist, San Diego, California
    2012 Sacred Memories 2012 Exhibition, Pico House 
             Gallery, Los Angeles, California       
    2011 I Have the Right, PICTURE Art Foundation, Carson, 
             California
    2011 On Being Human: Love, Faith, Shame and Love, 
              PICTURE Art Foundation, Carson, California
    2010 Southern California Open Exhibition, Gallery 825, 
              Los Angeles, California
    2009 West Coast Painters, Andrewsher Gallery, Los 
              Angeless, California