Shintaro Miyake
Japanese, born 1970
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Tomio Koyama Gallery at The Armory Show 2018,
Tomio Koyama Gallery
Tomio Koyama Gallery at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018,
Tomio Koyama Gallery
Shintaro Miyake "Sitting on a Chair, Eating Bread",
Tomio Koyama Gallery

Shintaro Miyake makes large-scale drawings featuring recurring characters, sometimes in detailed scenes, though his works do not contain narratives. Miyake is perhaps best known for drawing character portraits while wearing hand-made costumes of the characters—the creative act itself being a performance. He believes that “to wear the character costume is an expression of making a portrait of myself.” Both his costumes and drawn figures are distinctive for their ovular heads and gaping eyes and mouths. He cites a range of influences, including Salvador Dalí and the Gugging artists, the latter inspiring Miyake to begin working in crayon and colored pencil.