Enrico Isamu OyamaJapan
The painter Enrico Oyama explores the potential of mural art by reconstructing it within the contexts of contemporary visual arts and city spaces. Mr. Oyama earned his B.F.A. in Environmental Information in 2007 from Keio University and his M.F.A. degree in Inter-media Art in 2009 from Tokyo University of the Arts, where he serves as a lecturer. In 2009 Mr. Oyama received a grant from the Yokohama Arts Foundation in support of his Yokohama Creative Zone ZAIM. He was featured alongside fellow 2011 ACC grantee, Hiraku Suzuki, in the Tokyo Street exhibition on urban Japanese street art in Singapore in early 2013.
Grants Awarded2011 | Visual Art | United States
to research contemporary art, meet artists and curators, and create new work while participating in an artist residency program in the United States
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation presents Like A Prime Number, the solo exhibition by Japanese-Italian visual artist Enrico Isamu Oyama.
Oyama is best known for the signature style Quick Turn Structure (QTS): minimal, free-flowing motifs of repetitive lines, developed from the visual language of graffiti culture and contextualized in the realm of contemporary art.
Embrace or Rebel? Traditional Asian Art Techniques in Contemporary Practice, a group exhibition curated by gallery director Hyewon Yi, presents works in various media by seven Contemporary East Asian artists who interpret traditional methods in innovative ways. Embrace or Rebel? considers long-established Asian techniques and styles that have taken a backseat to Contemporary East Asian art, partly due to their being viewed as antithetical to Modernism.
Enrico Isamu Oyama received an ACC Fellowship in 2011 to research contemporary art, meet artists and curators, and create new work while participating in an artist residency program in the United States.
Grantee: Enrico Isamu Oyama
Enrico Isamu Ōyama represents a contemporary generation with a distinctly global perspective. Child of an Italian father and a Japanese mother, Ōyama was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, but also lived for extended periods in North Italy. In Tokyo, he immersed himself in an underground art scene infused with the street culture of the city and its global influences.
“Ubiquitous” surveys how Ōyama channeled his interests in the street cultures of Tokyo and American cities, Western abstract art, and Japanese calligraphy to create Quick Turn Structure (QTS), his signature expression. Through the QTS, Ōyama gives visual form to the mixed-race, multicultural, transnational experiences of people in today’s world of fluid borders and interconnectivity.
Enrico Isamu Ōyama received an ACC Fellowship in 2011 to research contemporary art, meet artists and curators, and create new work while participating in an artist residency program in the United States.