Yusk Imai

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I’ve played an online game, Runescape, for many years, and I’ve developed friendships with the real people behind the pixels over that time.  Whether through text chatting in the game or voice chat over the internet, I’ve gotten to know some of them very well and consider them friends.  Some closer to me I’ve met irl (in real life), and others who are farther away I’ll likely never meet.  Still, it’s a great experience to speak regularly with people not only across the US, but in England, the Netherlands, Canada, and other countries. 

One acquaintance, masterful at “Big Boss Killing” by the way, is an artist named Yusk, who resides in Brazil and who has almost completed a year long world tour creating and exhibiting his art.  This includes photography, sketches, canvas art, and larger scale wall art on buildings (note the aerial lift).

Snow Yusk

I don’t necessarily “get it,” but still find it amazing.  He’s just posted a video on a project in Japan:


A quick bio:

Yusk Imai was born in the U.S.A., 1983, in a Japanese descendent family. At the age of 6 months, his family migrated to São Paulo, where he still lives. Influenced by the French artist Eroné, Yusk started experimenting techniques using different types of paint on wood.

Yusk has always combined his work on canvas and wood with painting in the streets of São Paulo. Experimenting with callygraphic and Japanese symbols, texsts and figueres, his work shows a diverse amount of styles both in and outdoors. In 2006, a gallery owner saw Yusk’s fotolog and fell in love with his work and invited him for an exhibition. Since then his work has been shown in galleries in Germany and the U.S.A.

The world created by the artist shows influences from mangas, comics, Dali, Ernst and Miró. Yusk fills spaces with different styles of texture, slightly deformed human figures, and overlays of decorative friezes. His work was many times compared to the Austrian art nouveau artist, Gustav Klimt, who ended up becoming Yusk’s idol.

His Facebook page is here:  https://www.facebook.com/Yusk.page

His blog is here: http://yusk.blogspot.com/view/mosaic

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