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Yukimasa Ida, Born 1990, Japan

Picasso & A Head of Picasso, 2021

Yukimasa Ida’s works between abstraction and realism to create paintings, primarily portraiture, infused with estrangement. The aim primarily is to alert the spectator to a different perception of the world.

His approach of distorting figuration creates a sort of ambiguity and focus on assembly. Yet, this distinctive aesthetic is more formal than thematic. His sculptures and paintings are done in accordance with the rules of shape and color theory. Thick layers of oil take on similar qualities of sculpture, while his bronze ‘heads’ also retain marks that resemble the impact of a forceful palette knife. The objects and strokes are irregular, inviting the viewer closer, while the exorbitant colors form a synthesis to project subversive futuristic and wistful moments.