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

My real name is Watanabe Taisei. I am 20 years old from Nagano, Japan.

本名は渡辺 大靖です(Watanabe Taisei) です。日本の長野出身の20歳です。


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I like pop things and pretty things, things which are slightly scary and surreal. I want to make such work because I am interested in the things which I don’t understand.


3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I draw pictures since I was small so I am deeply attached to illustrations. But I have been producing stuffed toys recently and I decided to try any expressions I want! I am interested in all kinds of expressions.


4. What is your artistic process like?

I draw my illustrations mainly using illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. There are many digital works recently and I still want to draw by hand again because I did so when I was a high school student. I work on stuffed toys by machine or hand. I taught myself how to make it.


5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I am stimulated by various people. Of course, I like to see the works of many illustrators and friends of the university but I have a great deal of influence from musicians as I often draw pictures while listening to music. Of course, I may get inspiration from clothes, goods, artist photographs and live videos. All of them have some stimuli and they become my power. So I really respect a person who expresses with music.


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

I think I am at ease with myself because of art. I have emotional leeway, so I enjoy art and can’t imagine a world without art.



7. Where did you study?

I learn at the Kyoto University of Art and Design now.


8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to continue my artistic activities. So I try to work and draw personal works. I gonna keep a balanced lifestyle with work and drawing. I want to meet various people and experience a variety of things.


9. What about in ten?

I would like to make something that remains after my death through my activity. Also, I want to hold an event of art. I wonder how great it would be if I can make anything which one has never seen.


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

I hope my work becomes someone’s favorite or part of their life and for them to enjoy it. In addition, I want to lose the borders of various things.



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

I like Chinese-style almond jelly, aloe, tapioca, sea grape, jasmine tea, gizzard, Chinese food, and Thai food.

・杏仁豆腐 ・アロエ ・タピオカ ・海ぶどう ・ジャスミン茶 ・砂ずり ・中華料理 ・タイ料理

12. Favourite book?

・“Canned food label collection”
・ “Do not laugh at” by Yasutaka Tsutsui

・筒井康隆 / 笑うな

13. Favourite genre of music?

I listen to various kinds of music, but I like electronic sounds and remix. When I hear an artificial sound, I am always impressed.


14. What are your hobbies?

My hobby is listening to music and the radio. I like baths too. I go to a public bath and also do sauna hopping.


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

I would want to become a florist or head clerk of the public bath. They seem very happy.