Japanese Self-Taught Artist, Hiroyuki Doi
The self-taught Japanese artist HIROYUKI DOI’s circle drawings have earned critical recognition in the U.S.A. and Europe since he began showing them overseas in 2001. Doi made his début at PILOT Pen Station Museum in Tokyo in 2013.
In his art, Hiroyuki Doi alludes to such subjects as the soul, the transmigration of the soul, the cosmos, human dialog, the co-existence of living creatures and universal peace. He does so by creating images that consist of many small circles made with black-ink drawing pens on washi . Through these works, Doi very much wants to send a message to future generations of human beings about the importance of using their own hands to create meaningful objects and artworks.
Hiroyuki Doi’s circle drawings have been exhibited at the annual Outsider Art Fair in New York since 2001. His first solo exhibition in the U.S.A. was presented at the legendary Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York in 2002. Since then, his works have been shown at the American Folk Art Museum (New York), Halle Saint Pierre (Paris), Thomas Williams Fine Art (London), FRAC Picardie (Amiens, France), the Museum of Everything (London), La Maison Rouge (Paris, 2009, 2014), the Museum of Everything at Pinacoteca Agnelli (Torino, Italy), the Armory Show (New York, 2010-2015), Ricco/Maresca Gallery (New York), Art Paris Art Fair (Paris, 2012), the Museum of Everything at Chalet Society (Paris), the Metro Show (New York, 2013-2015), Maison Particulière Art Center (Brussels), and other venues in the world.
In the U.S.A., Doi’s exhibitions have been reviewed by the New York Times’ critics, Roberta Smith (2002), Holland Cotter (2005) and Ken Johnson (2010). Of Doi’s drawings, Smith observed in this respected newspaper’s “Art in Review” section, “They are delicate, mesmerizing and unusually beautiful...”. Edward M. Gómez, the senior editor of RAW VISION magazine notes that “Doi’s art is original and full of soul; his meticulous drawing technique has given form to pictures of great expressive power.” Doi’s drawings have been the subject of articles by Brooke Davis Anderson (Folk Art, 2005), N.F. Karlins (artnet.com, 2005 and 2009) and Lindsay Pollock (Art Market Views, 2011).
We hope you will enjoy discovering the world of Hiroyuki Doi’s vibrant and unusual art. For further information about future exhibitions and the artist, please feel free to contact us.
Yoshiko Otsuka Fine Art International, Tokyo
Holland Cotter (2005 ), ’The Desire to Draw, Sometimes a Compulsion, ‘ The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/16/arts/design/the-desire-to-draw-sometimes-a-compulsion.html
Ken Johnson ( 2010 ), ‘Inside, Outside, All Around the Aesthetics,’ The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/arts/design/05abstract.html?pagewanted=all
Edward M. Gómez (2013), ‘A UNIVERSE IN TINY FORM, RAW VISION 79
Hiroyuki Doi at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.
As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither