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The Artist

Douglas Okada was born on July 25, 1984, in the city of Araraquara, SP. The early skill in drawing was noticed by his family during childhood. In 1999, he was encouraged to study at Marcelo Miura's studio, where he developed the basic foundations of oil painting. In 2002, he entered the course of Bachelor of Fine Arts at São Luís Univerty from Jaboticabal-SP. During this period, he started teaching painting and drawing classes in his studio, participated in several Fine Art Exhibitions in the country.

Okada's talent goes beyond the coherence of design and color, goes through an endless search for creative thinking and the development of a timeless work. His work gains a new dynamic by exploring the effects of light and simplification of form, presenting an immediate visual impact to the observer. The combination of traditional design and a contemporary treatment of color gives a different dynamic from other artists in the art market.

His creative side is not afraid to take risks and seeks new forms of expression for each work.

Okada is considered by critics and the public as one of the main exponents of contemporary Brazilian realism. Awarded in several art competitions in the country, he has works in private collections, museums, art galleries in Brazil and abroad. He gives workshops and lectures on the technique of oil on canvas and in recent years he has served as a judge for several art exhibitions.

Art Review

"The first impression that the observer has of Douglas Okada's painting is the sight of large spaces that seem to move us where the painter fixed the image. The broad skies and colors that fade in the distance reflect the painter's love for nature and his happy vision for life. Simultaneously, the artist tempers his joy of living with a rigorous research with the formal application of techniques often rigid, transformed into vital for love and for the poetry that animates them. Quest for true form and creative feeling merge to give us a personal and self-sufficient autonomous work, in other words, a true and felt art. The gesture for the authentic interpretation of nature where the decisive feature and the polychromy give the work an immediately perceptible poetic meaning are qualities inherent in the work of Douglas Okada. The art of this young painter is born of a cultural research and style under a past age through a critical and contemporary analysis of tradition. What emerges is not, therefore, a hybrid commitment without autonomy and personality, but a reaffirmation of art. In his work the color conveys the expressive power of a state of mind, but not only remains color, becomes vision, form, nature and choice moved. Emanuel von Lauenstein Massarani (Art Critic and President of the Institute of Restoration of Historical Heritage of São Paulo).

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