Shogo Okada is a printmaking/painting artist born in Osaka, Japan. He majored printmaking course at Osaka College of Art, after graduation, he moved his base to Toronto from Japan and keeps making his works. In 2012, he won a first prize in 2012 Open Studio National Printmaking Awards.
Okada’s work asks the viewer to reconsider the fundamental nature of images. His influences include the art scene of the 60s, comic book, and various modern countercultural movements like bmx and hip hop. Referencing the constant media exposure of contemporary society, Okada’s work filters out the “noise”; removing extraneous information, he focuses the viewer’s attention on specific aspects, processing and rebuilding imagery from his unique frame of reference. Through the minimalism of his work, Okada separates what is necessary from what is unnecessary allowing the viewer to gain a new perspective.