A full-time design/art freelancer born in Japan and raised in Montreal, Canada, Raku Inoue is the artists behind this bit of eccentric art-form. Inspired by both Japanese and Canadian cultures he seems to have the entire artistic ocean by the tail, but his past was very much different from that. Speaking about two cultures he was forged upon, Raku says: “One taught me to be subtle, calm, premeditated and humble. The other one taught me to be bold, loud, free thinking and proud.” In his art and lifestyle, he often found himself in contradicting conflicts, struggling to find the harmony in-between. Searching for his fogged identity he spent many years experimenting, looking for the right media/vessel he could relate to. Confused and frustrated from attempts to please everyone (friends, clients, agents, etc.), he was very much fixated on being accepted, which left him stranded and giving up on his art entirely. The lack of self-image born out of lack of confidence.
In time he returned once again to creative thinking, started challenging himself with different media applying to different styles of his creations. He started his study in graphic design and later learned different ways of channeling his work through digital illustrations, sculpting, screen-printing, embroidering and more. “Slowly but surely, I was able to sculpt myself into the person I am today. By just trying stuff and not worrying too much about the result and the achievements. By doing so, I felt free. Nowadays, it’s no longer about fearing rejection and seeking acceptance. Even now, I make sure to remember how I got here, by constantly challenging my ways and by staying true to my heart by trying my best to keep on expanding my creativity.”