About

RoamCouch / 小川亮
 
1976(昭和51)年岐阜県安八町生まれのストリートアーティスト、浮世絵師。漫画の影響により幼少期から絵を描き始め、高校卒業後、デザイナーとして経験を積む。大病を患った経験が、人生とキャリアを再考する機会となり、アーティストを志すようになる。
2011年からRoamCouch(ロームカウチ)名義でアーティスト活動を開始。五十版を超える手切りのステンシル(型紙)から創造される、美しくロマンチックな作品群を国内外の個展・グループ展で発表。ステンシルアートの既成概念を再定義した。2014年、ニューヨークで開催された初個展「A Beautiful Life」では、ソールドアウトを記録。
2014年から故郷である岐阜県安八町を中心に無償で壁画を描くプロジェクトEmotional Bridge Projectを開始。壁画を描くことで、県外はもとより、海外からのアートファンの呼び込みを試みている。昨今では、Neo Ukiyo-eと題して、現代における真の浮世絵を明示すべく、美濃和紙を活用した作品制作にも取り組んでいる。
 
Ryo Ogawa, better known as RoamCouch was born in Gifu, Japan in 1976. He is a street artist and Ukiyo-e painter. He began to draw in his childhood, influenced by Japanese comics, and started working as a designer at the age of 18. Afterwards, he was diagnosed with a serious illness, which made him rethink his life and career and he subsequently made up his mind to become an artist.
In 2011, now dubbed “RoamCouch”, he began his transition into a full-time artist. He produces his exquisite and romantic works of art by using over fifty different layers of hand cut stencil, and has been showcased at solo and group exhibitions both within and outside Japan. His detailed and rich stencil paintings redefined the stereotypical image of stencil art. In 2014, he opened his first solo show titled “A Beautiful Life” in New York and achieved an amazing feat of selling out the entire collection.
RoamCouch started a project named “Emotional Bridge Project” in 2014 and has painted murals voluntarily to revitalize his hometown. His aim is to attract art fans to his hometown by publicly exhibiting his works of art. Calling his new style “Neo Ukiyo-e”, RoamCouch works on art pieces to clearly indicate Ukiyo-e of modern times by blending stencil art with Japanese handmade paper “Mino washi”.
 
Solo Shows
 
2017 – Memories – Tokyo / Japan – Gallery Kawamatsu
2014 – Beautiful Life – New york / USA
 
Group Shows
 
2016 – Dream wall round – ISETAN(Shinjyuku) – Tokyo / Japan
2016 – NIGHT HAWKS – Gallery Kawamatsu – Tokyo / Japan
2016 – Art Collection – Mitsukoshi(Nihonbashi) – Tokyo / Japan
2016 – Security? – Gallery Kawamatsu – Tokyo / Japan
2016 – Art Osaka 2016 – Osaka / Japan
2015 – DECLARE – 2 Three Gallery – Paris / France
2015 – Layerd Details – Bergen / Norway
2015 – Art Osaka – Osaka / Japan
2015 – ART FAIR SAPPORO 2015 – Sapporo / Japan
2015 – Street art exhibition – ISETAN(Shinjyuku) – Tokyo / Japan
2015 – Street Heart – ISETAN(Shinjyuku) – Tokyo / Japan
2015 – NEO JAPAN – Micheco galerie – Munich / Germany
2015 – Different Strokes – Hin Bus depot – Penang / Malaysia
2013 – True Colors – Shop 13 – London / UK
2012 – Dead Rock Stars – SPOKE ART/Oakland, CA / USA
2012 – Street Smart – Bergen Kjøtt – Bergen / Norway