Teiji Hayama was born in 1975 in the south part of Japan, in Kumamoto. He attended the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and for the next couple of years after his graduation worked as fashion designer for Issey Miyake. Since 2007 he has been working as a painter independently and his artistic work joins together western and Japanese influences, combining different art historical periods varying from Christian art, Greek mythology, subculture to Japanese culture. Hayama’s chosen medium blends traditional oil painting with digital painting. His work depicts young girls evolving into women, a physical and mental transitional stage involving social and psychological changes. They represent messengers whose glassy, ambiguous gazes remind the viewer of the importance of life. Resembling ancient beauty, Hayama’s milky white skin semi nude portraits, one and unique entity showing the purest essence of the human being, are unveiling their secrects. Hayama’s work has been shortlisted for numerous awards and has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Switzerland.
This is a sample of his work
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