Published on January 15, 2013  |  Written By

Currently showing in New York City this month is the work of Tokyo-based Japanese artist Haroshi, in what will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery entitled, Virtual Reality. Revisiting skateboarding appears to be the concept for Haroshi’s latest series of work, as he hand sculpts completely new figures out of used skateboard decks. 2013 marks Haroshi’s 10th Anniversary in using skateboards as a medium in his fine artwork. A must-see if you happen to be in the city.

Haroshi, born in 1978, is a self-taught Japanese artist, currently based in Tokyo. As a passionate skater from his early teens to present, Haroshi possesses a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of a skateboard and all of its parts including the deck, trucks and wheels, which he uses as materials for his sculptures. With no formal art training, Haroshi adapted the determined perseverance, freedom of expression and DIY ethos of skate culture, into creating works of art.

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