Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter, FFIGURATI #100, Acrylic-based aerosol and latex house paint on wall and ceiling, 2015, 20’ x 10’
In collaboration with Ryan Seslow’s “B-BOY” piece.
Detail, works in process.
Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1983 to a German-Italian father and a Japanese mother. While growing up there, the family had visited North Italy every summer for more than 2 decades. Going back and forth experiencing Tokyo as megalopolis and North Italy as quiet countryside trained him to view the world from different angles.
Ōyama got interested in graffiti culture when he lived in Italy in 2000-2001, and initiated his own self-taught creation. After being back to Tokyo, he started to focus on drawing black-and-white minimal pattern that was developed from visual language of graffiti, and established it as his signature style in Tokyo underground art scene around mid-2000’s.
After attending MFA at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2007-2009, he named the style “Quick Turn Structure”, and has positioned his practice in the midst of contemporary art and street art, expanding the range of activity to writing of critiques and essays, participating symposia as well as commission works such as one for COMME des GARÇONS in Paris Collection 2011.
Since 2012, Ōyama lives and works in New York City, being active both as an artist and a critic linking contemporary art and street culture at multiple levels.