Live Your Dream

I amputated my leg at the age of 4 because of a complicated condition called Mixed Vascular Malformation. by yoko tanaka

I amputated my leg at the age of 4 because of a complicated condition called Mixed Vascular Malformation. I was in and out of the hospital/surgery until my late 20s. Since I was very little, I not only suffered from this condition, but also struggled with the difference in my body and the many things that I cannot do.   This condition cannot be completely cured, and it was obvious that my legs were not growing back, so I have no choice but to deal with this body for the rest of my life. However, when I saw all the children and family fighting the serious condition, and some not making it, I told myself that my struggles cannot be compared to them. Like so, I had a habit of putting a lid on my emotions. Growing up with such an environment, it was natural for me to think about life.  Even though I have had many sad and hard experiences, I believe that through this, I have felt that “nutrition of the mind and body is important” to live and make the most out of life.  Since I was little, art has been the nutrition for my mind and heart. When my body and mind suffered, I encountered the artworks… Read More »I amputated my leg at the age of 4 because of a complicated condition called Mixed Vascular Malformation. by yoko tanaka

I want to continue drawing the unimaginable vastness And the unimaginable sense of space (the universe). by Jupiter

When I was watching YouTube, I came upon an artist who was wandering around the world to perform spray paint of space without any draft. Commenting on his LIVEs, I stared intently at his videos. With this method, I can instantly draw the universe I imagined! I was motivated to create and start drawing.  I can’t grasp the main points! Without hesitating, I drove about 3 hours to where a spray paint artist lived, and learned about spray art and deepened exchanges with one stroke dragon artists. Around the same time I received an offer on Instagram by a JCAT staff, and for the first time, I exhibited my artworks to people from other countries at a group exhibition in New York. Restarting my creative activities Spring of 2019… I created an artist team as exchanges were made centered on spray art. Currently, there are about 10 members around the country. JCAT Director, Ms. Itami held a lecture nearby, so I joined it.  I was able to deepen exchanges with nearby artists who also joined the lecture.  I was discovered by a member who attend Ms. Itami’s lecture, and held my own exhibition.   New encounters will influence your future life. Autumn of 2019… I held an exhibition, and was selected… Read More »I want to continue drawing the unimaginable vastness And the unimaginable sense of space (the universe). by Jupiter

My dream is to present myself to the world with my Japanese paintings! by Nobuyo Sakakibara

My dream is to present myself to the world with my Japanese paintings! If someone around you said that, what would you think? Nice to meet you. My name is Nobuyo Sakakibara and I am a Japanese-style painter. This is what I always say. Those who hear it for the first time give me a cold shoulder and think, “What kind of adult says such childish things?” But after hearing it for the 2nd or 3rd time, their attitude becomes, “It’s amazing how you can say that.” And after a few more times, it ultimately leads to, “Yes. You can do it!” Before I knew it, they were cheering me on.  It appears as though dreams move towards coming true when it is said out loud. I have loved drawing ever since I was little, for as long as I can remember. I was born and raised surrounded by nature, and my oldest memory was when I was drawing pink flowers in the middle of a flower garden. Crouching down on the ground and drawing on a piece of paper with crayon, I remember thinking “oh, I’m definitely not going to forget this day.” Before entering preschool, my daily routine was to paint pictures at my secret hiding place, which was inside a clay pipe right outside… Read More »My dream is to present myself to the world with my Japanese paintings! by Nobuyo Sakakibara

Focusing too much on looks-physical beauty, wealth represented by “things/money”- by Astudiosuojo

I want to challenge myself with anything that is meaningful. Life is the relationship between yourself and your ego. Polish yourself. Invest in yourself. Create yourself. I plan on becoming an actor or singer, who expresses themselves through their body. I want to introduce people to my way of thinking and understanding things through this. I may be able to attract people if I emphasize that I am doing something even though my disability seems like I cannot. I will need to challenge my possibilities. My fear of not being accepted, my of getting my certainties denied, my fear of getting my worries denied, I will need to change my self-consciousness on my certainty of denial and start fresh. I will need to change the direction of my imagination, even if it is one step or half a step. Is it more important to focus on recovering from my disability? Is it more important to focus on aging and decaying? Those are irrelevant to me. What I am seeking for is the immortal, universal perspective. Dreams should not remain dreams. In order to make it into reality, I must be patient, try my best, and work hard. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and… Read More »Focusing too much on looks-physical beauty, wealth represented by “things/money”- by Astudiosuojo

I Want To Continue Creating Artworks That Give Hope To Those Who See It. by yaya hills

I Was Born In Tokyo, And Raised In Tokyo. My Parents Took Good Care Of Me, But My Father Was Always Disappointed That I Was Not A Boy. He Never Said It Directly To My Face, But My Mother Was Never Afraid To Say It. As A Young Girl, Hearing Those Words Hurt My Feelings And It Always Made Me Sad. To This Day, I Do Not Understand Why She Did Not Stop And Why She Constantly Reminded Me Of It. Even Though They Were Unhappy With A Daughter, My Parents Still Raised Me With Love And Care. I Will Forever Appreciate This With The Bottom Of My Heart. My Parents Were Very Education-Minded And Were Strict About My Upbringing. I Was Tied Down To Their Strict Rules. I Am Generally A Very Positive, Friendly, And Curious Person, But I Was Only Able To Express That Within My Parent’s Limit. I Eventually Felt Reluctant To Show My True Self In Front Of Them.I Was Playing The Good Daughter. The Only Place I Could Express My True Feelings Was Drawing.  When I Was Drawing, My Parents Never Yelled At Me, So I Was Free To Do Anything Inside My Drawings. I Also Enjoyed Looking At Art. However, My Education-Minded Parents Never Let Me Read Manga Books. Instead,… Read More »I Want To Continue Creating Artworks That Give Hope To Those Who See It. by yaya hills

The World Overflows With A Beautiful Harmony. by ICHIHARU

We live in a world, where a beautiful harmony is born when each person lets their colors shine. Through my colors, I would like you to see your colors. This is the message I want to tell the world through my art.  I am currently drawing whatever I want, whenever I want and living the happiest moments of my life. However, I did not always choose art.  I made a lot of detours on my long path-of-life, and at the end of the road was the world I am living in now.  I would like to tell my story. Born and raised in Kobe, I was a child that loved imagination, art, and anything beautiful.  I especially felt the happiest when I was drawing or creating something, So my dream was to become an artist or a designer. However, I grew up surrounded by adults who had jobs unrelated to art.  Art was also labeled as a supplementary lesson under the Japanese education system. I soon realized that making a living from art was not realistic.  I needed to figure out what “realistic job” I wanted to do. For my first job, I was a flight attendant. It was difficult, but it was an attractive job in a stimulating world.“I want to… Read More »The World Overflows With A Beautiful Harmony. by ICHIHARU

Have you ever time traveled? Unfortunately, I do not have such experiences. by Futureman

Have you ever time traveled? Unfortunately, I do not have such experiences. Then why is my artist name Futureman and why do I create artworks under the theme of time traveling? I would like to tell you my story. During a trip, you can discover and experience new things, and enjoy a refreshing time with company. What happens if this trip goes beyond time and space? It is perhaps something far beyond our imaginations. However, I believe there is one thing that we have to keep in mind. Going beyond time and space means abandoning the concept of age and changing our relationship with people around us. Once a time traveler goes beyond time and space, their bodies continue aging, and I believe it becomes impossible for them to return to the present. This also means that they will think about the importance of time usage and living in the moment more than us in the present. In modern society, climate change is continuously worsening and causing a lot of problems. Many people live with various small and big problems because it is impossible to go back to the past or predict the future. What I value the most is to live life to the fullest and create a future… Read More »Have you ever time traveled? Unfortunately, I do not have such experiences. by Futureman

I have loved drawing since I was young. by 1109

I have loved drawing since I was young. I always felt uncomfortable with school drawing topics that were already set and calligraphy classes that restricted free thinking. I would have loved homeworks that let me draw whatever I liked, whenever I liked. After that, I have half jokingly written down all the characters (e.g. kanji) and drawings that came across my mind.  Winter of 2007, my eyes caught sight of an advertisement on a design calligraphy class and an indescribable surge of excitement overcame me as I signed up without hesitation. I was drawn to the lack of specific methods and shapes, as characters were designed through the interpretation of different products, and I felt old memories beginning resurface.  “Free shapes,” “free expressions,” it felt like art. Focusing on ideas, intervals, and space, I was absorbed in and obsessed with design calligraphy. When I found the time, I eagerly created and shared my artworks through social media. I started receiving requests for name boards and through friends some people asked for welcome boards.  These moments were special conversations with my honest self and became an important part of my life.  In 2013, I experienced an incident that changed my life stage.  Similar to the changing seasons and generations, each person… Read More »I have loved drawing since I was young. by 1109

“I want you to become an artist who makes people happy.” by Mito Nishikura

Designer, nursing assistant,I have worked in areas that were far from “art.”? I started my artist activities in July 2019, But what I am about to tell you are the sequences of events that led me to where I am now.I loved to draw as a child and still do. “In the future, I want to do a job related to drawing”With that in mind, I entered an art-related junior college. If anything, I was not good at drawing.I often felt inferior to those around me,when I compared my techniques and color senses.I used my frustrated as a motive And worked hard to grasp the concept of art. The result was a landscape painting I drew during the summer of my freshman year. It was of my favorite park in the Tottori Prefecture, where my grandparents live.I chose this as my subject, and went to sketch. By putting focus on drawing a place I truly love,I was able to bring out a different level of concentration. Until then, I did not like detailed depictive artworks,But I learned the “joys” of drawing,And more so realized the “satisfaction” that I gained from it. I continued practicing,And during long breaks, my grandparents took me to different places in Tottori,  Where I sketched different landscapes… Read More »“I want you to become an artist who makes people happy.” by Mito Nishikura

Born and raised in a country blessed with traditional culture, my dream is to give back to Japan and all it’s done for me. by Keizan

What is my dream? Born and raised in a country blessed with traditional culture, my dream is to give back to Japan and all it’s done for me. I want to introduce the familiar books I have read as a child, the suiboku-ga (ink painting with just sumi-ink), bokusai-ga (ink painting with sumi-ink and other pigments), and tenkoku (seal-engraving) I learned as an adult, and enrich and diversify this world.   As the aging population, advancing information system, and economical development in Asian continues, Japan seems to be losing itself and it’s direction.    What can be a tool to regain the confidence of Japanese people and introduce them to the world? The culture, cultivated by the rich nature and history of Japan, is certainly that tool.  I hope to become an artist that introduces my accomplished painting and calligraphy works to the world, while further developing Japanese traditions through interactions with people of various ethnicities and cultures.     Myorenji 7 years ago, while I was drawing shrines and temples as a way to unwind from work, I was drawn to the Myorenji Temple. The camellia, hibiscus, red spider lily, magnolia, and other seasonal flowers created a relaxing and serene ambiance around the temple. I thought to myself, “this has to… Read More »Born and raised in a country blessed with traditional culture, my dream is to give back to Japan and all it’s done for me. by Keizan