Kaz Oshiro

Japanese, b. 1967

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Kaz Oshiro

Japanese, b. 1967

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Creating sculptures from paintings, Kaz Oshiro pushes the limits of both mediums, merging abstraction, conceptualism, and representation. He paints with acrylic and Bondo (an auto body repair filler) on canvas, and then recreates everyday objects by piecing these canvases together to make three-dimensional forms. The resulting artwork looks like a readymade object or sculpture from the front, but the backside—which Oshiro intentionally makes visible—reveals itself as an assemblage of canvases. “I see myself as a still-life painter trying to become an abstract painter,” he has said. Oshiro described his most recent works, a series of bent canvases that extend into three-dimensional space, as a “still life of a broken painting.” The conceptual and spatially driven nature of his art suggests a synthesis of work by Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, and John McCracken.

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Biography

Creating sculptures from paintings, Kaz Oshiro pushes the limits of both mediums, merging abstraction, conceptualism, and representation. He paints with acrylic and Bondo (an auto body repair filler) on canvas, and then recreates everyday objects by piecing these canvases together to make three-dimensional forms. The resulting artwork looks like a readymade object or sculpture from the front, but the backside—which Oshiro intentionally makes visible—reveals itself as an assemblage of canvases. “I see myself as a still-life painter trying to become an abstract painter,” he has said. Oshiro described his most recent works, a series of bent canvases that extend into three-dimensional space, as a “still life of a broken painting.” The conceptual and spatially driven nature of his art suggests a synthesis of work by Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, and John McCracken.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
Hammer Museum
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Prospect New Orleans