Monzo Watanabe - JCAT

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Monzo_Watanabe

BIOGRAPHY


  • When he was in elementary school, he saw a picture in his textbook that made him want to be an artist like Picasso. He drew pictures in art class that got awards in local contests every time. But he didn’t have any chances formally learn fine arts because he grew up at Yamaguchi Prefecture which is rural area. He entered the Department of Civil Engineering & Architecture of National Institute of Technology Tokuyama College. Then he hoped to major in art architecture, but he was not selected. So he got a position as a local public employee after he graduated from Civil Engineering.
    In administrative work, he was charge of the city planning design and he was engaged in construction in the first real windmill in Japan. He took charge of basic Perth that made expectation to the art when he was young. He came to aim at becoming an illustrator. In the beginning he drew an illustration on the miscopy on the back of the business card. During that same time, he took a photo to machine the birth of children and applied for the photo contest. He won a few times but he could not be awarded in the high-level contest. The cameras have changed to digital, so he has been using his computer to make his work the colors he want them to be.
    He won the Cortina (second place) prize of an illustration contest called KODANSHA FAMOUS in 2010 and he participated in the New York Boston art training as a supplementary prize. His hope is to become an artist instead of only becoming an illustrator. In the next year, he aimed to become an artist for that reason, he retired early at the age of the 52 years old. After that he won the grand prize winners in various nationwide contest every year.
    Many people hardly think it is beautiful to look at rusted or cracked graffiti. His work of art is born with the thought that it is beautiful. The marvelous balance and color are invented once he has converted his photography data multiple times until he be satisfied with it. The change that glass cracked occurs for the art that he printed because of a special collage method accidentally. I’m impressed with it again. It can express the part which the black part becomes like lacquer and the light part becomes like mother of pearl and glasswork.
    From now on, He’d like to keep creating a work of art that move many people as long as he is life.


  • 小学生の時、教科書でピカソの絵を見てピカソになりたいと感じる。授業で描いた絵はすべてが地域のコンテストで受賞。ただ、山口県という地方で生まれたため、本格的なアートを学べる機会がなかった。国立徳山工業高等専門学校 土木建築課に進学。そこでアート建築を希望したが選考に漏れ、土木工学を卒業の後、地元の公務員として就職する。

    行政の仕事では、都市計画デザインの担当となり、日本で初めてとなる本物の風車の建設に従事する。基本パースを担当することで幼い時のアートへの思いが芽生え、イラストレーターを目指すようになる。当初は、名刺の裏やミスコピーにイラストを描いた。同時に子供の誕生を機に写真を撮影するようになり、写真コンテストに応募。幾らかの入賞はあったが、レベルの高いコンテストでは受賞できなかった。カメラがデジタルに変わり、パソコンを使用して、色彩を思うように変える作品を創るようになる。

    2010年講談社フェーマスのイラストコンテストにてコーチナ賞2位となり、副賞としてニューヨーク・ボストンアート研修に参加した。この研修でイラストレーターになる希望がアーティストになる希望へ変化する。翌年アーティストを目指すため52歳で公務員を早期退職。以後毎年様々な全国コンテストにて大賞入賞を受賞する。

    多くの人が、錆やひび割れ落書きなどを見て美しく思うことはない。それを、美しいと感じることから作品が生まれる。撮影データーを変換すると偶然の画像変換が驚きのバランスや色彩を生み出し、感動する。プリントしたアートに特殊なコラージュ方法によってガラスがひび割れたような変化が偶然に生じる。再び感動する。黒い部分は、漆のようになり、淡い部分は、螺鈿やガラス細工のような表現ができる。
    今後も多くの人が感動する作品を命ある限り、創り続けていきたい。

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