TADA KOIICHIRO Japan, b. 1992

Born in 1992 in Koganei, Tokyo, Tada Koiichiro studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he won the Prize of Metro Cultural Foundation during the Graduation Works Exhibition in 2016. He later received his MFA from the same university in 2018. Employing a soft and delicate technique of oil on canvas, the artist mainly paints large monochromatic close-up portraits staring right at the viewer. The most noticeable detail in Koiichiro’s compositions are his characters’ eyes which, similar to water pools filled with lilies, work as the gates to their inner universes, secrets and fears.

 

With his minimal representations, one cannot look past the strong reference to Yoshimoto Nara’s characters and the the world of Xiaogang, which Koiichiro reinterprets through a psychoanalytical lens amid at guiding the viewer into the abyss of humankind's existence.

 

To this day, his work has been showcased in two solo exhibitions in Tokyo – at the TAKU SOMETANI GALLERY in 2018 and at the Bambinart Gallery in 2016 – and in multiple group exhibitions all around Japan since 2015. He exhibits for the first time in Europe with Dorothy Circus Gallery.