Teiji Hayama was born in the south part of Japan, Kumamoto. He attended the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and graduated in 1998.
His work joins together western and Japanese influences, combining different art historical periods varying from Christian art, Greek mythology, subculture to Japanese culture. Hayama’s work incorporates many layers of juxtaposed images, visual elements that derive from emotions and personal experiences, inviting the viewer to encounter his feelings and dreams.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere, I find inspiration in the everyday.
If you take enough time to look around you will discover that there are so many amazing and interesting things.
When was the first moment you decided you wanted to be an artist?
Since I started my very first job as a fashion designer.
EVA, mixed media painting on canvas, 80 x 100 cm
Painting is your primary medium, but do you work in other mediums or explore other styles?
Yes, I also work with digital painting. I try to keep evolving, to go to new horizons.
If you could work with another artist, who would it be? / who is your favorite artist?
Electra, oil and digital painting on canvas, 80 x 100 cm
Is there any particular music you tend to listen to while working?
No there is not. Music is a huge part of my life and my tastes are constantly changing based on how I feel and what I am creating.
What is your ideal day?
The unpredictability makes it all exciting and makes me truly appreciate every day, this is my ideal.
Eve, mixed media painting, 80 x 100 cm
Can you tell us a bit about your process, from concept to creation?
There isn’t any process really, I am not meditating of what is going to be next, it comes naturally when I am doing simple things like walking, eating or watching a film, art is everywhere for who is looking.
Who is your role model?
My father and my uncle, they have never given up on their dreams, they both reached a certain age and still have the same passion on what they are doing.
Cyrene, 80 x100 cm
If you could do anything, what would it be?
Explore the possibilities of other universes, deepen my understanding, without end.
What’s one of your deepest values or most important topics to you, and how do you communicate that with your art?
The importance of sharing, it is fundamental to the development of all human relationships. Through art I can give expressions to emotions and feelings. Art is life, as long as there is life there is creation.
Asteriai, oil & digital painting on canvas, 100 x 80 cm
How has your art changed throughout your life?
Since I started painting, I have been pursuing the same theme, style and shapes is evolving into something more more and more precise with the years.
What is your dream project?
To work on larger scale paintings.
Nephelae, oil & digital painting on canvas 90 x 70 cm
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
It’s not really an advice, but my father kept telling me when I was little: I rather feel pain than nothing at all.
Thank You Teiji!
Many successes great artist.
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