Yoshiaki’s works focus on exploring the narrowing gap and the tension that exists between artificial, virtual spaces, such as those found in online video games, and the physical realm in which we live. He is inspired by landscapes of virtual worlds he has encountered in games. He believes that experiences in virtual spaces surpass the boundary between fantasy and reality in the human mind, allowing them to feel very real. These experiences resemble the sensation of being immersed in an artist’s world, unbounded by canvas borders. Yoshiaki’s works show human thoughts that are aggregations of both subconscious and conscious mental processes, dreams, and desires that appear in both virtual realms and the physical world.
About the Artist
Yoshiaki Otsuka was born in Japan in 1984 and currently lives in New York. He received his BFA and MFA from The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In the fall of 2009, Yoshiaki moved to New York City, where he worked as an artist assistant for two years. In 2014, he graduated the MFA program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and moved back to New York.