Yuichi Hirako stands in front of his large scale painting

Yuichi Hirako

In fantasy forests, plants, humans and animals exist as equals.

“I am trying to portray a middle ground between nature and society, people and plants, the past and the present.”

Yuichi Hirako explores plants, animals and humans. Environmental research is key. He looks into historical data, literature and internet resources. What he finds informs his drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations. Canvases with swirling acrylic brushstrokes depict fantastical forests – seen as sacred in Japan. Sculptures are made from fibreglass or wood. Many works centre on the ‘tree m...

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Yuichi Hirako (he/him) was born in 1982 in Okayama, Japan. He now lives and works in Tokyo.


Hirako has been making art since childhood. He would draw manga and create buildings from cardboard and tape. A shy kid, he often collected insects or went fishing by himself. Art became an expressive outlet. “Perhaps I was immersed in my art to maintain my identity,” he says.

In their words

Many people look at Hirako’s work and consider it “cute” or “pop". But the artist doesn’t necessarily agree. “I don’t think it’s cute. It’s about the more serious and dangerous things that are happening to the planet. For me, great art always seeks to change people’s minds.”

Collaborations with Yuichi Hirako

Avant Arte and Yuichi Hirako have one upcoming collaboration.