Kenta Torii’s Dynamic Paintings Packed With Traditional Iconography

by Andy SmithPosted on

Kenta Torii’s vibrant paintings are a striking blend of traditional imagery and contemporary sensibilities. The Japan-born artist, who has been based in Mexico for more than a decade, offers this in both traditional works and murals. WIthin these works are also hints of tattoo and street culture, integrated into his fantastical creatures and scenes.

A recent statement explains one particularly piece, in particular, as translated: “Japanese visual artist Kenta Torii, who since 2005 lives in Mexico presents ‘Salamandragon head.’ The circle that appears above the work says ‘dream’; below the word ‘power’ appears. It is the head of the dragon, animal that symbolizes power, the strongest and unlimited, which evolves to adapt to changes and becomes eternal. Through this work, Kenta shares a message for dreamers who want to make their dreams come true. The Salmadragon has 5 eyes that means that in order to move forward you have to have more ways of seeing the world and taking different perspectives. The 6 ears mean that you have to be alert all the time to be an expert on the ground.”

See more of the artist’s work below.

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