INSIDER BERLIN –
After going through a complete twist for the last few months, I can finally say things have started to look significantly better for me in different aspects of my life, and for me that is the perfect opportunity to start something that was one of my biggest hobbies before, yes! I mean interviewing artists that represent a source of inspiration for the things I do, people who have the power and ability to create emotions, bring memories back and changing one’s day by showing their work and putting their energy into it.
This time I would like to introduce you to Yoh Nagao : I took this extract from his official biography…
” Yoh Nagao is a pop collage artist from Aichi Prefecture, Japan, who has been based in Berlin since April 2012.
After graduating from Nagoya Zokei University, he began working as a graphic designer and illustrator, while freely expressing his unique style as an artist.
He gained prominence in Japan after receiving the Uniqlo Creative Award in 2005 (now UTGP), exhibiting at the International Poster Triennial in Toyama, and being selected for the SHIFT calendar design competition. These successes at international compatitions led Yoh to expand his work overseas.
After a successful first-ever solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 2009, he received an honorable mention in the collage category of the international competition ARTAQ Urban Art Award (France) in 2011. He was invited to participate in the PICK ME UP Contemporary Graphic Art Fair held in London that same year, becoming a serious contender on the international art stage.
Since then, he has participated in numerous art fairs and events in NY, LA, Zurich, Berlin, Paris, Angers, London, and Tokyo. In 2008, his work was displayed in famous boutique shop Colette in Paris. With work also published in high profile publications such as LODOWN (Germany), DAZED AND CONFUSED (England), and dpi (Taiwan), Yoh’s original style and creativity has become further recognized internationally.
He made a long-awaited move to Berlin in 2012, and is continuing to work between Germany and Japan. Today, Nagao is making a name for himself as a Japanese artist who is certain to make waves in the world of design.”
Now it’s my turn to describe Yoh from a different angle, I guess the fact I had the chance to see him, makes it a bit easier to talk about him, although I don’t know him good enough to talk extensively about the person behind. For what I had the chance to observe, he is a very humble-down to earth person, doesn’t talk a lot about himself and is ready to listen to those who want to talk to him.
His art reminded me to my childhood, and the type of collages I used to do. The fact I was cutting heads, shoes, bodies and jewellery out of magazines and then mixing it all to create the perfect mannequin, didn’t turn out to be positively seen in such a Catholic country like Colombia, my mum loved them as well as my dad, they were my little pieces of inspiration created by a 5 year old child who didn’t he was going to work in Fashion after 15 years…
This is a piece of text taken from a small conversation I had the chance to have with Yoh:
” I’m very glad to hear that when I work on the art pieces, I try to be back in childhood, like be innocent(mind wise), be free, follow instinct ”
I mean, there are only a couple of artists whose work I appreciate and feel identified with, not only in terms of the way their work makes me feel like, but also their particular way of doing what they do, for example using techniques like Collaging.
My interpretation of his last art work shown here in Berlin is simple but hopefully the right one. Yoh tries to show throughout collages made out of fashion magazines the future and some stages of human history, the fact that he uses ”printed paper” to create this pieces, leads me to believe that there is an interconnection between the old art of printing and the futuristic approach he gives to his artwork, some sort of connection between time and space…
Last but not least I would like to mention the collaboration Yoh has been leading with the Parisian fashion label Tomas Demess
Check out their website for more information!