FUMIHIRO UEOKA was born in Hiroshima in 1982.
As a boy, Fumihiro was crazy about creating things in origami, clay, making plastic models, and painting. He immersed himself in creating scenes of like myriad ants swarming and overflowing from the canvas, countless folds and wrinkles of the human brain as a maze, and images of trees with infinite leaves and complicated root systems. Picasso was Fumihiro’s idol. This led Fumihiro to focus on drawing and painting and at 16 he began his studies in painting, majoring in Japanese style painting.
The influence of Japanese-style painting is ever-present in his current work with acrylics, pastels, and charcoal. Fumihiro explores time and humans in his current work. He finds a creative source for his work in the areas of sound, science and archaeology.
From 1998 to 2002 he studied Japanese style painting. Many solo and group exhibitions followed with live painting, murals and various activities with respected peers and teachers. He received awards for his submissions to public art prizes and following this he moved to Melbourne, Australia. During his time in Melbourne he questioned the themes of his work and the question of why he creates artwork. He found no convincing answers and became more and more melancholic. To find breakthroughs in his questioning he began laying out huge rolls of paper on the street an throwing himself into experimental works. Still, these efforts seemed to be in vain, and the questions in his intellect gradually grew distance between him and his brushes.
While he continue to look for answers to questions haunting him, Fumihiro became obsessed with the scientific and archeological study of humans and time. Through this fascination, Fumihiro had the epiphany that we do not know our own origin, the origin of our Earth, our galaxy and the universe.
We do not know anything this important yet. For all we know, we still can’t disprove with absolute certainty that our universe isn’t floating in a dead skin cell on the backside of a dirty old man. This is where we’re at with human knowledge in 2015.
But what would happen if humans knew everything? Would we be able to discredit and overturn such things as religion and history that for the basis for human education so far? Human life, life that has been based forever on a state of unknowing, would change dramatically.
When Fumihiro had this epiphany he felt a renewed sense of value and love for the present moment, life and humanity as it is here and now. This has set Fumihiro off into a new body of work that explores the theme he calls “now on now-now unknown”. This body of work will be an outpouring of the themes he covered throughout his time looking for answers, and the epiphanies and leaps in consciousness that sparked this new body of work.
“2009. Out the front of Kanazawa Station in Japan. A0 sheet spread on the street, chalk in hand. I drew a person and a person passing in front of my eyes, overlaid with another drawing and another and another.. . everything became engulfed in darkness. Shining out from the finished work was “now”.”
Fumihiro now lives in Belgium and is creating artworks while nourishing himself with the wisdom of, Basquiat, Modigliani, Gustav Klimt, Taro Okamoto, Nietzsche, Nikola Tesla, Einstein, Matazo Kayama, Genichiro Inokuma, Jakuchu Ito, Hiroto Kōmoto, Egon Schiele and Picasso. He nourishes his stomach with beer and french fries.
Languages: Japanese, English
Born the 10th of April 1982 in Hiroshima, Japan
acrylic painting, water color, charcoal, soft lead pencil etc…
- Japanese traditional painting in the “Nara College of Art” in Kashihara, Nara, Japan
Classe of Mr Nakao. Graduated in 2002
- artistic secondary school at the “Tobe bunko” in Tobe, Ehime. Graduated in 2000
- Several advanced training courses in drawing
- Selected as favorite artist of the “Parcours d’artistes” in Saint-Gilles, 2014 edition
- Selection of the work entitled “ 82 years” for the permanent collection of the Sado Museum in Japan in 2006
- Award-winning of the “National Culture Festival” in Fukui, Japan in 2005
- Award-winning of the competition of the Art Schoole of Ehime , Japan in 1999
Diffusion of works
- Catalogue of the artistic course of Saint gilles, 2014
- Article & publication in “The Word” magazine of the 23rd of August 2013
- 4 radio phonics reviews on JOEU FM, Ehime, Japan
- to come in May 2015: Collective Exhibition in “ Brass”, Brussels
- Exhibition in the Artists course in Saint-Gilles/ Forest at the “Morphosis Space” in May 2014
- Private & Solo Exhibition in “UWAYA”, Ehime, Japan, 2012
- Solo Exhibition at the “WORK SHOP” in Melbourne, Australia, 2007
- Exhibition at the Japanese Embassy in Melbourne, Australia, 2007
- Solo Exhibition in “e55”, Melbourne, Australia, 2006
- Collective Exhibition at the Ushibuchi Museum, Ehime, Japan, 2004
- Ehime Fine Art Contest , Japon, 1999 and 1998
- The work “ 82 years” is a part of the permanent collection of the Sado Museum in Niigata, Japan
- Private Collectors.
- Wall painting for the opening of the Brittish shop in Osaka on April 2014
- Performances and live paintings
At the “Pop Up Gallery” King’s Gallery, Brussels, 2013
At the “ Egg” in Brussels in 2013
At the “ Asaito Festival” 2010 et 2011 editions
- Orders of many Wall paintings for private people
- Interior design creation for private people and for restaurants and bars in Japan
- Painting teacher at the Japanese Art School in Melbourne, 2007