(February 13, 1979 – )
Yuya Negishi is a Japanese visual artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was born in Showa Village, Gunma. A small farming community in the mountains beyond Tokyo. Yuya draws artistic inspiration from the memories and sensations of growing up in the Japanese countryside, where he would roam “like a hidden Ninja” exploring the woods, temples and mountain tops of the breath taking Gunma region.
Since relocating to Minneapolis in 2010, Yuya has been a prolific member of the city’s artistic community, involving himself in a wide range of projects. He teaches Japanese artistic styles to students in grade school up to College and participates in public art projects, murals, frequently has work in shows, has a wide portfolio of commissioned work. He also does illustrations and often performs at live paintings events. His work combines his extensive background in the classical Japanese techniques of calligraphy and SUMI-e with Japanese pop culture images such as koi, dragons and Buddha’s.
Yuya approaches his work in the spirit of play, often exploring new ideas and mediums. Along with being a working artist he also teaches with hands on workshops sharing his approaches to SUMI-e, calligraphy, painting and lectures on Japanese artistic cultural history and trends in the art world and the integration of eastern and western cultures in contemporary art.