New York, NY

Shuto Okayasu

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Shuto Okayasu (b.1990, Saitama, Japan) is a painter, photographer, and illustrator. He studied Graphic Design at Tokyo Zokei University. Since he moved to New York in 2015, Okayasu has been bouncing off between photo-realistic and surrealistic images which incorporate stylistic elements of Japanese painting and cartoons. Heavily influenced by cut and paste and sampling of Hip Hop culture, he patchworks his perception of everyday life which navigates viewers into a realistic dreamy world.

Through hi artwork Shuto emphasizes the intertwining of reality and unreality, and how perception and imagination play into our daily experiences. The paintings take the form of a patchwork of bizarre and alluring elements of everyday life. His technique and style vary slightly from one work to the next as he attempts to represent both real and imagined aspects of his surroundings. He often incorporates stylistic elements of abstract painting, Japanese painting, and cartoons into his work. This inconsistency lends itself to a feeling of unpredictability that his work intends to capture and helps portray this idea of existing in a strange and beautiful world.

Selected images

Selected Exhibitions 



Strange city - Nepenthes NY Gallery, NY

Strange ʻNʼ Beautiful - Anagra, Tokyo, Japan



- Space776, New York, NY 



Midnight Tour - Space776, New York, NY 

Gallery Exhibitions