Japanese-Canadian artist Keita Morimoto’s paintings combine an eclectic mix of historic, contemporary and personal influences. Inspired by the dramatic use of light and dark in the Dutch Golden Age paintings, Morimoto combines his classical compositions with subtle references to anime, street fashion, and youthful rebellious subcultures. His narrative paintings relate to personal experiences while his luminous depictions of both natural and artificial light create magical and mysterious backdrops.
Keita Morimoto was born in Osaka, Japan in 1990. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art + Design in 2012 and currently lives in Toronto. He has exhibited and in Canada and the United States. Exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Canada, 2014 and the Art Gallery of Peterborough, 2018.