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Tomoko Nagao, The birth of Venus

Tomoko Nagao The birth of Venus, 2012

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Tomoko Nagao, The birth of Venus
  • Offered by the gallery

    Deodato Arte
    Milan - Italy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Print : Screen Print

  • Themes

    Pop Art

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 250 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    27.6 x 39.4 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    "The Birth of Venus with Baci" is one of the most remarkable Vectorial Art pieces by Tomoko Nagao. The roles and the position of the original iconography are maintained and so we see, next to the goddess, Zephyr and the nymph Chlori embracing Hello Kitty on one side. The maid Ora, on the other side, is helping Venus getting dressed with a package of Shiseido cream. A Sony PSP consolle takes the place of the original shell and a Venus with green hair emerges. The characters float in a light and lovely way upon a sea made of packs of spaghetti Barilla, Baci Perugina and yellow Esselunga shopping bags while some easy Jet planes fly on the background. The japanese artist wants to represent our society in a critical but funny way.

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    • pop art


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Tomoko Nagao

Born in: 1976


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Tomoko Nagao was born in 1976 in Nagoya, Japan and she is one of the main contemporary artists of Micropop art. She studied in japan assimilating Takashi Murakami's Superflat style and Nara Yoshitomo's style made of stylized shapes. In London she attended the Chelsea College of Art.

She's considered the most important exponent of MicroPop Art in Italy. She practices the Superflat style, the postmodern Japanese art movement founded by Takashi Murakami. So her artworks are characterized by flat and emphatic images and defined outlines.

Her production includes original paintings (Gioconda, Infanta Margherita with Coca-Cola and Kitty), stencils (Candy-Candy Blue MicroPop Superflat, Canestra di frutta Yellow MicroPop Superflat) and vectorial art (Botticelli - The Birth of Venus with Baci, The Great Wave of Kanagawa with MC, Cupnoodle, Kewpie, Kikkoman and Kitty). She usually reinterprets Renaissance masterpieces employing the Japanese aesthetic concept of "kawaii" that makes everything cool. Tomoko takes Caravaggio, Tiziano, La Tour, Velázquez, Botticelli, Hokusai's artworks and she revisits them, also introducing global brands like Coca-Cola, Barilla, Play Station PSP or iPad. Nagao's adaption of Old Master paintings are intended as an ironic reference to the economic mechanisms of power in the production of images, where Renaissance patrons like Medici have now been replaced by the creative directors of major brands.

Today, Nagao lives and works in Milan.
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