Based in Tokyo, Japan, Kentaro Okawara is as comfortable filling a gallery with endless canvases of his paintings as he is making books, streetwear, or funny cushions to sell in his online shop. As a graphic artist, Kentaro’s work explores his long-held belief that making art is an expression of love—his first foray into drawing was the postcards he’d send his grandmother to keep her company after his grandfather died. Nowadays, his artworks present a surreal and familiar cast of characters, whether that’s humans, creatures, or personified objects. His exaggerated shapes and vibrant use of color give each piece a sense of childlike wonder, inviting viewers to share in his sunny outlook on life.
“If art makes people notice trivial things around them or even just encourages them to thank their family more often, then that’s great.”