When it comes to contemporary art, it rarely happens that we talk about artists who are no longer with us, but for once we make a break from the rule.
Tetsuya Ishida was a Japanese artist who died prematurely in 2005 and who managed to capture in his works the atmosphere of one of Japan’s darkest historical moments, the period of the 1990s when the Japanese country experienced a serious crisis, starting with the stock market and the real estate sector, expanded to the entire economy of the country.
In his paintings, Tetsuya returns the despair, the anxiety, the loneliness, the fear of a society without prospects and without a future. Looking at his works it seems impossible to think that this was the situation in Japan less than twenty years ago, that the generation that lived through that period is the same generation that now holds the reins of the country.
What is most surprising is that, although the technique and style of his paintings are vaguely based on Realism, his subjects oscillate between the surreal and the oneiric, but in any case they manage to recreate the situation that he also lived in first person.
Some of the most important works by Tetsuya Ishida will be on display at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid until September 8, then the exhibition will be moved, from October 3 to December 14 in Chicago.