Artwork of the Day: Cry Your Heart Out When You Feel Like Crying, Ko-Hey! Arikawa
Ko-Hey! is one of Japan’s most well-known contemporary artists. His annual exhibitions in Okinawa draw more than 10,000 visitors every year, and his newly produced works typically sell out as quickly as he produces them. Department stores throughout Japan also offer reproduction of his originals—he’s quite the household name!
Born in Japan in 1978, Ko-Hey! spent his childhood devoted to playing baseball. Things changed when he came of age, however, and he lost interest and became somewhat pessimistic about his future. At the age of 24, Ko-Hey! came to an epiphany: he started to become aware of his heightened sensitivity to color sensation and fine art form. While working on-staff in his town’s office, he began to paint and sell his artwork on the street. The fine art world was unchartered territory for Ko-Hey! but his work was extremely well-received. Within a year, he set up a professional artist studio; the rest is history.
Today, Ko-Hey!’s studio is located at the foot of Mt.Fuji in Yamanakako Village. He is celebrated throughout Japan and is making a name for himself in the U.S. and abroad. His “Happy Fantasia” exhibitions are colorful, Fantasyland affairs, and they are always well attended by his many fans.
We’ll be hosting Ko-Hey and his bright, whimsical canvases at Artexpo New York 2012, March 22-25 at Pier 92 in New York City. We’re all looking forward to seeing these pieces up close!
Find Ko-Hey! online at www.okinawahands.com