Hiro’s narrative on the surface is composed of oddly familiar, mythological heroes challenged with natural disaster, political discontent and the immediacy of technological delivery. Reverberating patterns interact with the acrylic painted figures and the brightly colored landscape compelling the viewer to interact and move with the piece, edge to edge.
Hiro Kurata, like many of his countrymen, is deeply impacted by the Tohoku, Miyagi and Fukushima earthquakes and the events that continue to challenge the Japanese people to this day. Hiro took a moment to share his thoughts, chat about his latest exhibition featuring fifteen paintings and his emotional return to Japan.
mM : How does it feel to return to Japan and exhibit there? Is your family and friends that live in Japan doing ok and what is their feeling since the accident?