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Teiji Hayama

Date of birth 08.Feb.75
Place of birth Kumamoto, Japan
Country of residence Switzerland

Teiji Hayama's work join together western and Japanese influences, combining different art historical periods varying from Christian art, Greek mythology, subculture to Japanese culture.
Hayama's work depict young girls evolving into women, a physical and mental transitional stage involving social and psychological changes. They represent messengers whose glassy, ambiguous gazes remind the viewer of the importance of life.
The portraits are pure and uncovered. Nudity is not nakedness, but a form of innocence – one and unique entity showing the purest essence of the human being.
Thin and long limbs of depicted girls contrast strongly with their musculature. Their bodies are atypical, blending both fragility and strength, and therefore expressing their desire to keep going.
Pale, or at times even livid skin, resembles ancient beauty, but at the same time clashes with the girls’ juvenile and well rounded cheeks.
The experience provided by Hayama's work has many levels and is full of contrasts.


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