Masaya Eguchi working

Discover Masaya's mixed media art and paintings

To see Masaya Eguchi working in his studio is to visit an artisan’s workshop, near Plaza España in Barcelona. He creates each piece with care and patience and handles his materials and tools in a majestic manner. When he works, time seems to slow down, as he invites us to enter his his moment of artistic creation.

Although Masaya has traveled throughout Europe, he has always maintained a style linked to his roots. His style is focused on minimalism and equilibrium creating subtle folds on wood as if this material was moldable like a sheet of paper.

His style focuses on the search of textures, the main materials he uses are natural pigments and wood. Masaya often produces three-dimensional pieces looking for a two-dimensional visual effect.

Eguchi's Studio

In his latest line of work, Drawing, the artist began to make collage on paper. He focused on geometric compositions made with thin sheets of wood and thick lines of polychrome paint. In a masterly way, Masaya finds the balance between these two materials. He uses a squared shape but he is not afraid to step out of the straight lines in order to apply loose brush strokes of paint.

According to the artist, his intention is to develop a unique style with an artistic language never seen before. In his pieces there is also an abstract line, a type of writing that gives dynamism to the piece, while at the same time denoting a unique stamp. In these lines you can also appreciate the artist's taste for abstract strokes.

Masaya Eguchi Artist Tools

In his workshop we saw him work. Masaya watched his pieces carefully, turned them around, he stopped to observe them and turned them around again. We could not resist asking him why he did that all the time. Masaya told us that his works do not have a specific way to be hanged, all directions are good. For this reason, the artist signs all his work on each side and observes them in all directions, if he thinks that one side is incomplete he adds another paint stroke.

We were also surprised that he does not apply the paint directly on the sheet of paper. Masaya makes thick strokes of paint on plastic paper boards and lets them dry. Then, he places these strokes on his desk, selects and extracts them delicately and applies them progressively on top of his two-dimensional works.

For Masaya, to be an artist is to find freedom, do something unique and achieve a creative style that defines you as an artist.

His style transmits peace and serenity. Both the artist’s presence and his work makes us find the balance between chaos and peacefulness, something hard to find nowadays.



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Interview


When and how did you decide to become an artist?
It was before going to university. In fact, just before that I wanted to be a car designer! But I discovered the world of fine arts and decided to change my professional direction and become an artist.

Which was the first artwork you created?
The first work I created as an artist was a painting. I do not remember much of that time, but it was a painting, I do remember that.

How did you decide to come to Spain?
I wanted to leave Japan, I needed to see another environment. I choose Barcelona because I already knew the city and I loved the people and the atmosphere.



Masaya, what did you have for breakfast today?
Pancakes, coffee and orange juice.

Who is your hero?
I guess that would be my first Fine Art’s teacher when I was a little boy. I do not remember her name but she inspired me. She gave me the freedom to paint and explore my creativity.

Which exhibitions in Europe have you seen lately?
I went to the Venice Biennale and the David Hockney exhibition at the Pompidou in Paris. Hockney fascinates me because his works always bring something new. Despite his age, he is always trying new things. For instance, at the exhibition he mixed his works with technology, this ability to adapt to modern times is captivating.

Which are your favorite European cities?
Barcelona and London. In Barcelona people are extremely nice and vital, in Tokyo everyone is always tired and always working. There is no time to enjoy life. I also love London's mix of history and modernity, you can always find something new to do but, at the same time, they take good care of their heritage. I find this mix extremely attractive in a city.

Which are your favorite artistic movements?
The Mono-ha. It’s a Japanese artistic movement from the 60s and the 70s. The Expressionist movement also attracts me a lot. I am interested in many things but these movements inspire me as an artist.

Who are your 3 favorite artists?
Antonio Tàpies, David Hockeny, Cy Twombly.
Antoni Tàpies attracts me especially. When I was studying Fine Arts at the university, I discovered his work and I got influenced by his style. Actually, Tàpies was influenced by Japanese culture to create his works, and he inspired me to create my works.

When do you create your best works?
In the morning, no doubt. I like to work with natural light, I do not mind painting with little light. I always prefer natural light, and I love Barcelona because it has a lot of sun!

What inspires you?
Everything inspires me. But I'll tell you an anecdote. One day I went to an exhibition in which there was an old map hanged on a wall and I thought: "this map could become a painting ..." I'm always looking for elements of reality that could turn into works of art. For example, this wooden table that we have here if we cut this area, this part could become a painting ... I know it is hard to understand, I guess you would have to see the world as I see it in order to understand me... ha, ha, ha.

Describe your artistic style in 3 words:
Curved shape, abstract lines and encounter of textures.

What advice would you give to our emerging artists?
Learn how to be free when you create your works. This way you will create a unique style. The opinion of elder artists is not always correct, but do not forget that there are great artists in the world that you have to know. To me, inspiration and learning are found directly in the works themselves and not so much in what their artists have to say.


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