Instagram: @hatsuyakanako

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I am Kanako Hatsuya. Born in Tokyo in 1990 and I live in Tokyo. I have been living in Harajuku since I was young, but I do not know if it affects my style. I started painting from about 22 years old.



2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

It is a fantasy-like and exciting. And honest.


3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I like textures created from paint. I think that there is a touch which cannot be done with PC.


4. What is your artistic process like?

It is mainly painting. I use acrylic paint on drawing paper, paint it flat and texture. I often draw while listening to the radio.


5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I am influenced by things that I see and feel in my everyday life, things I see in SNS and various graphics around me. I want to draw animals such as dogs and bears. Buildings, interior and flowers etc. Recently I am also interested in phantom creatures and monsters.


6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

I think that it is like a purpose to live because I will never be satisfied more than shaping the image. I am always influenced by what people made.



7. Where did you study?

I studied at Tokyo’s illustration school “Aoyama juku”. In addition, I think that I learned a lot from movies, music, and various other entertainment.


8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I would be happy if I could do more work for illustration.


9. What about in ten?

I am not good at imagining about the future, so I do not know.


10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I am aiming for my illustration to be introspective entertainment. I want to train more in expressions and entertain a lot of people.



11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Mango Pudding, Tomato Cream, Gapao


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13. Favourite genre of music?

Rock and pop songs


14. What are your hobbies?

To take a break. (During breaks, watching TV and youtube, often doing a kendama.) I am born idle lazy.


15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I want to be a keeper of a penguin at a zoo.



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