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JAPANESE, BORN 1978
Kazuki Takamatsu’s surrealistic paintings feature ghostly, doll-like figures rendered in exquisite black and white linework. Takamatsu closely follows Japanese subcultures, drawing inspiration from the aesthetics of manga cartoons. He blends digital rendering techniques with careful hand illustration, combining acrylic, gouache, and giclèe on tarpaulin to create compositions that show young women in intimate poses.
The resulting images have garnered him tens of thousands of fans on Instagram. First mapped out on a computer to achieve realistic shadows and depth, his figures probe human emotion while reflecting on modern societal conditions in Japan.