Interview – Kenya
Shimizu @ Adonis Art Gallery 2008
1) Have you always been interested in art?
Definitely! My favourite period is Art Nouveau. I also like the
book illustrations before the First World War as well as Japanese
classic art and animation.
2) Did you go to art college? Was it in Russia? Is that why you
sign your work in Cyrillic?
I've never been to art college. I have got a university degree
in Russian Language. That's why I sign my work in Cyrillic. I
studied pen drawings by myself and learnt how to paint watercolours
when I worked as a background painter for Japanese animation.
3) How would you describe your work?
Favourite in my life... because I've always drawn and painted
both men who attract me and settings that stimulate my fantasy.
4) What is your favourite medium?
Pen and poster colour. All backgrounds of Japanese animation
had been painted using NICKER poster colour until a few years
ago. Since then they are painted mostly by computer these days.
5) Have you had any exhibitions in Japan?
No, this is my first solo exhibition. Since 2000 I have participated
in the Rainbow Arts Exhibition in Tokyo every summer; a group
art show for gays, lesbians and sexual minorities.
6) What is your ambition for your work?
To show my art for gay men to enjoy all over the world! I have
two dreams; to hold my own solo exhibition and to publish my art
book. One is coming true now... I feel so excited!