“I create art that portrays hybrid forms consisting of people, animals, plants and colourful beings. In my work I create a picture of a future botanical paradise in which creatures, including people with different identities and different genders and sexual orientation, can live together in harmony.”
Ghaku Okazaki, artist-in-residence 2023/2024
Ghaku Okazaki, artist-in-residence 2023/2024 school year
Ghaku Okazaki is an artist who lives and works in Stuttgart. After studying Japanese painting at Tama Art University in Tokyo (2011), he continued his studies, graduating with a diploma in fine art from the University of the Arts in Bremen under Prof. Heike Kati Barath. Following a student exchange in Guelph, Canada (2018), he completed his masters at the University of the Arts in Bremen in 2020. Okazaki acquired experience in cultural education during inclusive painting and sculpture workshops that he ran for youngsters and people of different ages in which they produced super-sized works of art together. In his own works – mainly painting, sculpture and installations – the artist creates vivid, colourful figures that depict organic hybrid forms consisting of people, animals, plants and creatures of his imagination. In the process, Okazaki’s focus is on the visual portrayal of the variety of creatures, including people with different identities, as a unit and in harmony, where diversity is not destroyed but affirmed. According to Okazaki: “My work celebrates the future united world of diversity”.