Yoshi was born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, and now lives in Osaka-city.
Graffiti was drawn on a street wall. When he first saw that graffiti, Yoshi was a junior high school student. He was too shocked to say anything. Thinking about it now, he realizes that it was the moment when he stepped into the world of expression.
Yoshi left college and began to explore photography. He studied photos at the long-established photo gallery DOT in Kyoto. He took landscapes photographs and portraits with a film camera. There were a lot of nice photos, but none of it impacted him like the graffiti he saw in those junior high days. He could not find pleasure in the confines of ordinary photography. This being the case, he decided to create his own images so that they would excite as that graffiti had.
In 2014, Yoshi found himself attracted to works made with multiple exposure. That discovery triggered the opening up of his world of expression, and he began to create works using digital cameras. Ever since, he has maintained a distance from conventional photography, and instead takes pleasure in the creation of works of art such as paintings that are seemingly invisible in photos. His imagery sometimes represents a fusion of people and plants, sometimes the world captured by the camera’s own eye.
Yoshi’s work creates a unique world based on the two themes of blending the truth and expressing another world, and projecting a world that cannot be grasped by the human eye, asking the world questions.
Is the world you are looking at a real picture? This point of view also exists, but, as for you – how do you see? To Yoshi it may look thus and so, but what about to you? And so on....
Yoshi has created a style that impacts more than the shock he received when he encountered that graffiti and first stepped into his world of expression, in order to shock the peo-ple of the world.
There are no shapes in my projects. Only mixed colors are existed.
Blurred and shapeless world unintentionally taken by the automatic shutter of my camera was documented instead of releasing the shutter by myself looking through the finder.
In my memory, there is a fact that color is given priority to memory before shape, such as the shape of car my family owned are not memorized nevertheless its color has been clearly in my head.
Color has power to implant memory as my experience. Color of outfits worn by the per-son I just saw, can be memorized even though their facial features are not. I have intend-ed to express the world in color instead of in the form consisted with shapes to be impressed on memory of my camera viewer. What I have expressed is unrealistic and simple world consisted by scraping reality off from actual color taken by my camera.
We might memorize color as priority. Fundamentally my project aims to create unintentional memory of colors intentionally.