Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter

Studio Building
Studio Interior
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Studio Location
Choja Machi Mural Project / Aerosol and Paint on Wall / H.43ft x W.50ft / 2010
FFIGURATI 24 / Mixed Media on Canvas / H.96.5in x W.67in / 2012
FFIGURATI 22 / Mixed Media on Paper / H.10in x W.7in / 2012
Working Site for COMME des GARÇONS / Mixed Media / Size Variable / 2011
Cross Section-Black Blocks / Ready Made Styrofoam / H8.2ft x W3.3ft x D6.9ft / 2012
Oyama Enrico
Isamu Letter
Artist's Statement

To what extent can a structure also be a moving body? How tense can it become, to allow it draw a line or paint a flat surface? And, when does a "shape" start to exist as a "figure"?

My practice is developed from the visual language of graffiti lettering. By removing any secondary elements such as alphabetical types, colors and decorative components, like arrows, I can then extract, by deduction, only the very essential lines of motion in graffiti lettering. This essential line, or shape, is called the “Quick Turn”, which I then reconstruct into an abstract figure. I call this “Quick Turn Structure”. Lines that slash back, spin and intercross. Painted surfaces and their volumes. These operations of simple visual objects create a complex body in their minimal and spontaneous expansion; this is QTS, and it has been the recurrent motif of my work over the past ten years.


Italian-Japanese. 1983-. Born in Tokyo, currently lives and works in New York. Keio University (Bachelor), Tokyo University of the Arts (MFA).

“Quick Turn Structure” is the recurrent motif of his work and is minimal and abstract interpretation of visual language in Graffiti culture. His practice also expands to writing critical texts, participating symposia and commission works such as one for COMME des GARÇONS in Paris Collection 2011.


“Aichi Triennale 2010”(Nagoya City, 2010) / "Still Spot"(Skylight Gallery, New York, 2012) / "Physical Kinetics"(Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2012) / "Art For TIBET"(Tibet House, New York, 2012) / "Tokyo Street"(IKKAN ART INTERNATIONAL, Singapore, 2013)

Awards / Grants:
Asian Cultural Council (New York, 2011)
Pola Art Foundation (Tokyo, 2013)