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WATARU

I’ve been watching Wataru’s artistic achievements with a great interest and respect for a long time.His lively creativity in all domains is revealed by his work in pottery, paintings, prints and so on.
 
Wataru has a sense of a personal mission to express himself and “live”. Wataru has distinguished intuitions and he always stirs our imagination. Wataru is brilliant and he has respect for Japanese culture. He conveys to us friendly feelings to make us open up our hearts. Wataru thinks that an inner existence of ours is in continuous movement and change.
 
May you be able to experience these feelings when watching this film.

CARLES DUARTE

 

Questions for Wataru

Q1 What was the cause of your starting with an art ?

For being alive.

I used to devote myself to sport and business and I was very far from the world of art but when I was working in marketing, suddenly I was overcome by an unexplainable power and I felt that I would die if I would not express this power as a form of art. I started doing art to live.

Q2 Why did you choose Catalonia?

Because Catalonia is a place where it is easy to receive the energy from the universe.

If you compare the universe to the human body, Catalonia is the navel and Japan is the Tanden (a point in the lower abdomen). Catalonia has a lot of power since it is the navel of the universe.

Q3 What does art mean for you?

Art is to live.

I think art is about communication and creation. When I do both activities, my whole body is pleased and alive, I realize that I am being alive.

 

 

WATARU Profile

1981 Graduated from Keio University (Law and Legal Studies, Faculty of Law)
Entered Ajinomoto Co.Ltd.
1983 Entered Koike-ya Co.Ltd.
In charge of the whole marketing, which includes development, advertisement, sales, internet as a vise president (the last post).
1995 Established Frente Co.Ltd.
Developed and selled tablets of fruit mint flavor.
Jan 1999 Suddenly began to draw pictures every day.
Jul 2000 Started producing pottery, drawings in Barcelona, Spain.
Feb 2001 Wataru Festival in Barcelona.
Mar 2001 Wataru Exhibition in Tokyo.
Dec 2004 Appeared on video ”L’universe de la creativitat (To the creative world)” in Barcelona.
May 2008 Lecture “Marketing is art – ai yume wa –“ at El Prat Verd.
Aug 2008 Exhibition ”Vida” at Roma Temple in Vic city.
May 2010 Food event “Corecuina” at El Prat Verd.
Jul 2010 Exhibition “VIDA(INOCHI)” at Museu de la Vida Rural (Rural Life Museum) in Espluga de Francoli.
Mar 2012 Exhibition ”AI-YUME- WA WATARU TEN” in Barcelona.
May-Jun 2012 Exhibition ”AI-YUME- WA WATARU TEN IN TOKYO” in Ginza, Tokyo.
Oct-Dec 2012 Exhibition “ARIGATO” at Museu de la Vida Rural.
Apr 2013 Lecture and “Corecuina” sponsored by Speekers Bureau in Barcelona.
“VISCA LA TERRA(homage to the earth)” at El Prat Verd.
Nov 2013 Exhibition “VIDA WATARU” at Museu de la Vida Rural.
Apr 2014 Exhibition of pottery “TEN NEZASU” at Museu de la Vida Rural.
Exhibition and “Corecuina Ai Yume Wa WATARU vola” in Barcelona.
“Corecuina” in collaboration with Terra i Taura at Augvstvs-Forvm, Baix Penedes.
“WATARU, universe of creative” at El Prat Verd.
Sep 2014 A collaboration between food and art with Jordi Guillem who is a chef at restaurant “Lo Mam”.
Oct 2014 Exhibition “SADAME SADAMARU(destiny is destined)” at Hotel Meridien Ra in El Vendrell.
May 2015 “Corecuina” in collaboration with Terra i Taula at Avgvstvs-Forvm, Baix Penedes.
Produced and presented “CHIEZO” which is a mascot of Vida Rural.
El Prat Verd 15th anniversary event “Dinner with Wataru”.
Presentation of book ”SADAME SADAMARU” at Books Alibri in Barcelona.
Oct 2015 Exhibition “SEISEI HATTEN” at Museu de la Vida Rural.
“Corecuina -life is brilliant-“ in collaboration with Terra i Taura at Hotel Meridien Ra.
Lecture by Wataru at El Prat Verd for a group of managers in an inspection tour from Japan.
May 2016 Presentation of book “TENSHO” in collaboration with Carles Duarte and Marius Brossa at Books Documenta.
Exhibition “KAMI ART” at Museu de la Vida Rural.
Exhibition “TEN” at Hotel Meridien Ra.
Exhibition “SEISEI HATTEN” at Valkiria Hub Space in Barcelona.
Panel discussion “Marketing and Art” at Valkiria Hub Space in World Marketing Festival.

 
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