Kakeru Asai seriously breathes life into his paintings. Rarely using a paintbrush, Asai uses his own breath to blow paint across the surface of the canvas. With each piece, Asai hopes to merge his inner thoughts and universe with the universe around him. He loves his walks through Central Park, finding inspiration in plants, animals, insects, and outer space. Asai also studies the natural beauties captured by NASA's scopes and artificial satellites. Each crafted burst of color is made to imitate the nebulae and galaxies.
Originally from Okazaki, Japan, Asai now lives in Brooklyn, New York. At an early age, his parents would bring him to many local museums, but it took him awhile to appreciate the experiences:
"I really, really hated to walk through those history sections that display tons of creepy tribal masks. I like them now. I think I was more pleased when they took me to places that exhibited massive sculptures or installations."
Do you believe in ghosts?
"I've never seen one. I have a few friends who can actually see them. Nothing can prove it, though. But I believe they exist. I wish I could see it too. Maybe life is going to be more thrilling."
Asai is a multidisciplinary artist, including sculpture, painting, drawing, and installation work. He hopes to draw people in by creating little wonderful worlds where people can hide from reality and live in blissful ecstasy.
Asai utilizes acrylic paint, especially golds and blues. He also uses various image cutouts from his favorite magazines.
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A true spiraling spaceman, Asai's curiously cosmic mind definitely believes in aliens.
"I watched several UFOs in formation when I was twelve. It was a formation of four huge green light balls that flew amazingly fast, faster than any other kind. Since then, I've been dreaming to get kidnapped and taken to outer space by aliens. I mean good aliens. They probably know highly sophisticated knowledge. I want to know that."
Asai is a quiet person. He begins his day by stopping at his favorite cafe near his house. He will sit, relax, and refresh his thoughts before going to the studio and blowing paint until he's out of breath. Cooking is also a big part of his life. Asai believes that cooking is a creative outlet and the best method to entertain people in his life.
Asai daydreams about painting in zero gravity. Globs of glitter, falling leaves, and swirls of paint suspended in weightless air.
Asai spends his nights working in his studio or going out to eat with friends. He'll sometimes add a video game or two into the mix, but only space-themed games, obviously.
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