Born in Ehime, Japan in 1984, Ichi Tashiro moved to New York at the age of 18 where he first began his career as a self-taught artist. Over the next five years, Tashiro established his presence in New York before moving to Hong Kong, where he actively held shows and participated in fairs across East Asia and Europe for nine years until relocating to Tokyo, where he is now based.
Tashiro’s practice is a diverse combination of sculpture, mark-making, and image-making. His most recent series of works begins with the process of carving and etching deep lines into thick wooden panels. Tashiro then uses paper, newspaper, books, and magazines, as well as pigment, ink, marker, and various found materials to create sculptural collages that traverse abstraction and surrealism. His two-dimensional collages, on the other hand, are often fantastical narratives that stimulate the imagination, providing an intriguing counterpoint to the physicality and presence of his powerful sculpted works, which demand awareness of one’s surroundings.