Born in 1968 in Ise City, Japan, where he currently lives and works.
He graduated from Tokyo Designer Technical School in Nagoya City where he studied graphic design. Imai’s works are inspired by the ongoing and ephemeral relationships in his life. He creates bold abstract paintings with striking color and scale to reflect his experiences. “The color gold reflects light”, says Imai, and he crumples and folds the papers in his paintings to benefit from that natural effect. Using techniques of perspective drawing and paper molding, he locates his creative tradition in Japanese culture.
Winter Group Show III, Onishi Project, NY
Café Megane Books Gallery, Mie, Japan
Solo Exhibition “my way minimal,” Monogramma Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Italy
Solo Exhibition “Peace and Relations,” Onishi Project, New York
Solo Exhibition “SuBjEcT,” Onishi Project, New York
No1172_Hong Kong Airport Hamburger, 2017, mixed media on wire, 23.5 x 23.5 in. (60 x 60 cm)
No1773_Flashlight Kitchen, mixed media on wire, 23.5 x 23.5 in. (60 x 60 cm)
No1774_Cigarette Lighter New York Show, mixed media on wire, 23.5 x 23.5 in. (60 x 60 cm)
No1775_Cake Elementary School, 2017, mixed media on wire, 23.5 x 23.5 in. (60 x 60 cm)No1176_Green English, 2017, mixed media on wire, 23.5 x 23.5 in. (60 x 60 cm)