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Lost in the night
Born in Osaka in 1990, Keita Morimoto immigrated to Canada in 2006 at the age of 16, and spent the next 15 years in Toronto before returning to Japan in 2021. He is currently based in Tokyo. He completed his high school education in Canada at Centennial Secondary School in Belleville, Ontario, and received his BFA from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) in 2012.
His work has been exhibited in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) and the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto. Morimoto is best known for his paintings of cityscapes and Toronto residents, which bring classical techniques into the present and transform everyday scenes into extraordinary ones. Through his practice, Morimoto raises questions about the structural fragility of the visible real world and the true nature of the abundance we consider necessary for our survival.
His latest series “After Dark” is a logical continuation of his urban exploration work. Here we get lost in the streets of Tokyo at night, encountering various wandering souls in the middle of the night and stores with unique lights. It is with onirism that Keita Morimoto depicts us this megalopolis and we willingly take the stroll.
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