Born in Osaka, Japan, Keita Morimoto moved to Canada when he was 16 years old for a study abroad program. His artworks include classical compositions and dramatic use of light and dark along with subtle references to anime, street fashion and youthful rebellion, tracing back to Morimoto’s Japanese heritage. Morimoto has earned a wide and enthusiastic following for his art, which in recent years has shifted to paintings of gritty areas of downtown Toronto. The featured characters you see are from photographs of friends that he then paints and inserts into his cityscapes.
Keita Morimoto’s new solo exhibition, titled ‘Light Passage’, is currently hosted at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto (Feb. 8 – Mar. 3, 2018).