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About Hiroshi Sato

Hiroshi Sato was born in Gamagori, Japan. From the age of three to fourteen Hiroshi Sato lived in Tanzania, East Africa. In that period his world could be separated into three places. The first was the inside of the house, filled with stories of my parents, books and movies from the west. The second was the outside world of an alternate culture and landscape. The third was the place he was supposedly from, Japan. It was a place that mostly existed as a pseudo fictional place in his head, confirmed to be real by brief visits to Japan once a year.

Hiroshi returned to Japan for high school, flipping the three places around. The pseudo fiction becoming the real and the real world becoming memory. The idea of culture and class as relative to location was cemented as a fundamental aspect of the human condition in his perception of humans. Hiroshi is interested in depicting our mind as a self contained world interfacing with the external world. The goal of his artwork is to frame the moments of our life where this idea reveals itself to the perceiver.

Hiroshi attended the fine-arts program at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, graduating with a Bachelors and Masters in Fine Art. He is focused on contemporary realist oil painting, influenced by past and present artists including Vermeer, Degas, Andrew Wyeth, Euan Uglow, Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Hopper and Chuck Close. Sato’s work shows his interest in the geometric design principles of the old masters.

Hiroshi’s work has won many awards and has been featured in various publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, Juxtapoz Magazine, Visual Art Source and Art Business News Magazine.