21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2015 | Dean Aizawa


Dean Aizawa, Bike Messenger, watercolor, 10 x 14.

Dean Aizawa, Bike Messenger, watercolor, 10 x 14.

Art Education: Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.

Style: I consider myself traditional or impressionistic.

Creative Spark: What inspires me is when I see someone who is working hard—not just artists, but also athletes, musicians, or businessmen. I really admire people who are determined and focused in chasing after their dreams.

Second-Choice Career: An architect. But I must admit, when I was around 12 years old, I wanted to become a professional soccer player.

Other Passions: I enjoy watching and playing soccer. I get too tired and stressed if I stay too long in front of my paintings, so I often decide to do something active. It helps me feel fresh and healthy, which I believe leads to an efficient painting process.

Best Advice Received: One of my instructors told me that drawing is like cooking. The less seasoning you put into your dish, the more the food can offer you its natural taste. And the fewer lines you use, the higher your level of drawing. This is why I began approaching my artwork with more simplicity, simplifying my design and shapes.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: I admire works by Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, and Goro Sasaki.

Future Goals: My goal is to become an artist and illustrator back home in Japan. I am also interested in teaching.

Price Range: $100 to $800.

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