It took Hiroshi almost 10 years of working with paint to realize that he is not a painter and he doesn’t enjoy the medium at all.
It was matter of time for him to realize that he is most attracted to slick surface quality and bright primary colors which he was surrounded by during his childhood in post-industrialism Tokyo in 80’s and 90’s,
He found the medium of his life “vinyl” in 2003. The vinyl is mainly used for sign making and a feat of technology itself. Direct approach of cut and paste method freed him from mixing colors and brush strokes that he knew of what art making is supposed to be. He has been working with only vinyl and is known for his creative use of the medium.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Hiroshi Kumagai has been a contemporary visual artist based in New York City for over 15 years. Kumagai’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Kumagai’s works have been supported by numerous foundations and institutions, including New Jersey State Council of Arts and Puffin Foundation. Kumagai has been a recipient of residencies and awards from organizations such as NYFA, Chashama, Lower East Side Printshop and Aljira.
Kumagai lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.