© Gas As Interface / Kenichiro Mizuno

Born in the largely rural Gifu prefecture in central Japan, artist Kenichiro Mizuno (1967) has been strongly influenced by Japanese anime he saw on television during his childhood. Later on, during his student years at Tottori University and Setsu Mode Seminar in Tokyo, his visual interests shifted to cult movies and contemporary art. Obviously, Mizuno’s creative output is rife with references of his visual interests, but also provides a multi-layered narrative of otherworldly scenes that easily allows it to exceed the mainstream otaku level. The artist has a multidisciplinary approach, using drawing, painting, graphics and animation to capture his quirky vision. Mizuno’s upcoming solo show at Calm & Punk Gallery in Tokyo, entitled Microfiction 2018, opens Fri – May 18 (7PM-9PM). It’s his first show in three years, and presents an exemplary range of works that allows viewers an in-depth exploration of the artist’s universe. Location: Calm & Punk Gallery, 1-15-15 Nishi Azabu (Azabu).

© Gas As Interface / Kenichiro Mizuno