A Japanese digital fine artist. Born in 1968, he has created artworks relating to the universe including CG animation pictures, digital prints, posters, illustrations for astronomical books and magazines.
The main themes of his work are the universe, the blue planet, and humankind as a part of the universe — their dreams and yearnings. His artistry and scientific accuracy enable him to embody the beauty that integrates all the elements of the universe.
His constellation pictures are made into jigsaw puzzles, which are gaining popularity around the world.
Biography of the artist, KAGAYA
- 1968 Born in Saitama Prefecture in Japan. From his early childhood, KAGAYA was fascinated by the starry sky, drawing many pictures of the stars and learning astronomy by himself.
- 1984 In his student times, he became truly interested in use of computers while wishing to become either an astronomer or an illustrator.
- 1990 Graduated from the Graphic Design Department at Tokyo Designer Gakuin College. His fantasy vision of all the constellations “Fantastic Starry Night” received the Top Academy Award and became a best-seller as a poster.
He continued creating artworks, joining astronomical precision of the details with enchanting space fantasy visions.
- 1991 Published an illustrated guide “Constellations of the Four Seasons”. He started putting into practice his ideas of using computer in his painting process.
- 1993 While providing CG for “The Universe” by Fujii Akira, KAGAYA presented a variety of artworks of constellations and astronomical objects, which appeared in specialized astronomy books and monthly magazines, products including jigsaw puzzles and exhibitions at the National Astronomical Observatory and other planetariums.
- 1995 Completed his epoch-making painting process “Digital Painting” in which an artwork is made up by working on computers all the way through.