Tetsuya Ishida came of age as a painter during Japan’s “lost decade”—a time of nationwide economic recession that lasted through the 1990s. In his afflictive paintings, he captured the feelings of hopelessness, claustrophobia, and emotional isolation that burdened him and dominated Japanese society. From his early career until his untimely death in 2005, Ishida provided vivid allegories of the challenges to Japanese life and morale in paintings and graphic works charged with dark Orwellian absurdity.
Ishida was born in 1973 in Yaizu, Japan, and died in 2005 in Tokyo. He graduated in 1996 from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Solo exhibitions include The person who was not able to fly, Sunpu Museum, Shizuoka, Japan (2006); Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan (2007); Yaizu City Culture Center, Japan (2007); Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo (2008); Note of Tetsuya Ishida, Ashikaga Museum of Art, Japan (2013, traveled to Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Japan; Tonami Art Museum, Japan; and Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan, through 2015); Notes, Evidence of Dreams, Tonami Art Museum, Japan (2014); and Saving the World with a Brushstroke, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2014).
Autorretrato de otro
Through September 8, 2019
Palacio de Velázquez, Madrid
In a span of just ten years, Tetsuya Ishida (1973–2005) produced a formidable body of work centered on isolation and alienation in a world dominated by uncontrollable forces. This exhibition organized by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, whose title translates to Self-Portrait of Other, features works that evoke the uncertainty and desolation of a Japanese society drastically altered by the technological advances and successive crises that have affected economies and politics the world over.
Tetsuya Ishida, Recalled, 1998, Nick Taylor Collection © Estate of Tetsuya Ishida