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Japanese • 1970

Chiharu Nishizawa is a Japanese artist who lives in Yokohama. He was born in Nagano in 1970. He graduated with a major in painting from Tokyo Zokei University and then trained as a printmaker. He has an instantly recognisable style, depicting humorous groups of people all wearing the same uniform floating against a bright-coloured background. The influence of his printmaking background can be seen in the clear edge of the depicted figures. It is also possible to recognise the influence that Japanese historical painting has had on his composition, often presented from a bird’s-eye view. He aims to create the new style of Japanese painting based on his history as a Japanese.