KENTARO HIROKI (b. 1976, Osaka, Japan) currently resides and works in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kentaro has been working on different projects for which he creates realistic copies of originals using pencil drawing. His work deals with the parameters of the value of objects, in the tradition of wabi-sabi, the traditional art of impermanence. His typical process begin with carefully looking at the condition of and around the original object and reproducing it through drawing, paying close attention to signs of the passage of time (e.g., mark, scratch, stain, damage). He then installs his pieces in specific manners to transform the space into a metaphysical room – with both his physical copies and the space they occupy making up a single conceptual piece. Each installation embodies ironical through silence.
Hiroki graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Osaka Art University and subsequently took a Foundation Course from Central Saints Martin School of Design, London. He obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2001, and an MA in Fine Arts from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, in 2003. He has staged solo exhibitions in Bangkok (National Gallery of Thailand, 2016; Bangkok University Gallery, 2015 & 2006; and nospace gallery, 2007) and in Sweden (Gallery Mors Mössa, Göteborg, 2005; Peep Gallery, MA Exhibition Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, 2003; and Rosseum Center for contemporary Art, Malmö). He has also participated in numerous group shows in the United Kingdom, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, including the 2016 Singapore Biennale. His works are in the collections of Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong, and the Singapore Art Museum. He is currently an art lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design KMUTT, Bangkok, Thailand