Oscar Oiwa, a second generation Japanese-Brazilian, was born in 1965 in São Paulo, Brazil. After graduating from the Department of Architecture of the University of São Paulo in 1989, he looked to broaden his playing field and moved to Tokyo where he was based from 1991 to 2001, and then to New York in 2002, where he has been based since. Rooted in everyday life experiences in the city, Oiwa’s paintings are characterized by how he works through each location in which he finds himself. His internationally recognized bird’s eye view compositions painted on large canvases not only dynamically depict natural and urban landscapes, but humorously shed light on the multi-faceted nature of society that can be glimpsed through the seams in the landscapes.
In recent years, he had a solo exhibition which traveled from 2008-2009 from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, to the Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, and the Takamatsu Art Museum, and, in 2016, he created an installation filling the inside of a dome, 12 meters in diameter, with drawings done in permanent marker. In 2018, Oiwa conducted a solo exhibition at the Japan House in Sao Paulo. And in 2019, at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Oiwa Oiwa continues to lead an active career internationally.