I believe art is like an umbilical cord. A connection between “Mother Nature” - or whatever name we might use to refer to that force we may think of as outside or before ourselves- and the “civilizing” of ourselves through the act of making art. In my work, I struggle to balance the desire to become more fully realized as a craftsman, and an urge to “unlearn” all my art knowledge, and see the world through the eyes of an “animal”. ie. urge for food, sleep, sex, etc. In my paintings I strive to find this “space” between man, culture, art and these other animal instincts.
Akira Ikezoe (°1979, Kochi, Japan) is an artist who makes paintings, drawings animations and sculptures. After majoring in printmaking and graduated from Tama Art University in 2003, he received the Tomio Koyama gallery prize and Naruyama gallery prize at GEISAI #10 in 2006. He was also selected as an artist member at GEISAI MIAMI in 2007. Ikezoe’s work has been shown at local and international exhibitions, including a solo show at ESSO gallery, New York, in 2009. Akira Ikezoe currently lives and works in New York.