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Kenji Hirata
Kenji Hirata is a New York based painter from Nagasaki, Japan. His work engages in the world and attempts to reveal something deep within the spirit of things. In his paintings, he fuses an evolving complex narrative out of the five elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth. He moves confidently between compositions of layered density and vast areas of open fields and clean forms. He is guided by the Buddhist idea that emptiness is everything eternal. As an original member of the "Barnstormers", Hirata has created large scale public mural paintings both in the New York area, Miami, and in the rural town of Cameron, NC. Hirata's solo and collaborative works have made him an important member of the New York art and film community.