About Shinya Kato:
Kato Shinya explores the dichotomy between new and old by painting graphic images directly onto historic cabinet cards. He emphasizes duality by contrasting his abstract paintings with figurative photography. Shinya creates a second life for these forgotten sepia images by adding new layers of vibrant colors and gestural brush strokes. Gradations, made primarily with a painting knife to achieve different textures, adorn the photograph to produce dynamic lively shapes. It's as much a form of transformation as it is preservation. The artist chooses photos, detached of any personal relationship to the subject, and begins his composition reacting to the figure's pose, facial expression, and environment. For Shinya, this disassociated process preserves the past as a whole rather than individual's memories. Born in Aichi, Japan currently living and working in New York.