Born in 1967, lives and works in the suburbs of Tokyo.
The Japanese artist, Yuichi Yokoyama, born in 1967, lives and works in the suburbs of Tokyo. After graduating from the painting department of Musashino Art University, he first dedicated himself exclusively to painting, before expanding his graphic and pictorial research into the field of comic strips.
Through his work, Yokoyama endeavors to explore a radically different world, to present the fragments of something outward, elsewhere, of an unpredicted future. Landscapes and architectures are made of simple volumes, in which a clear predilection for a straight line appears; there are no women, whereas men, with masks and disconcerting guises, coldly indulge in opaque actions. Yokayama’s drawings are like nothing known. Therefore, regarding him, it is pointless to strive and use the customary distinctions (manga, comic strip, graphic novel…): his work – without pretention or provocation and voluntarism- far from any given category, just ignores influences and systems as well as styles.
His manga, published in France by éditions Matière, such as Jardin (2009), Nouveaux corps (2010), or Baby boom (2012) offer a strange, graphically geometrical world, with no narration. An internationally known artist, Yuichi Yokohama has had exhibitions in places dedicated to contemporary art, in Japan (Kawasaki City Museum), in Switzerland (Lausanne Centre d’art contemporain), or in France (Le Pavillon Blanc).
His work has been shown at Centre Pompidou-Metz in the exhibition Japanorama.
Encore un jour banane pour le poisson rêve
curated by : Sandra Adam-Couralet et Yoann Gourmel, with Kodama Kanazawa
dramaturge : Clément Cogitore
Palais de Tokyo
22 June – 9 September 2018
Lieu Unique, Nantes
curated by Paul Gravett
with Barbican Centre of London
30 June – 16 September 2018
curated by Fabrice Stroun with Mathis Gasser
30 May – 9 September 2018
Modern Art Museum Shangai, Chine
31 March – 24 June 2018
Book “Terre de Glace” Editions Matière
16 June - 28 July 2018