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PROFILE

Portrait of Chaykov
Chaykov

Chaykov is a Japanese digital illustrator with a passion for imaginatively depicting huge Tokyo landscapes using only a small iPad. The artist's name, Chaykov, is his childhood nickname. A music teacher who recognized his passion for music and painting named him after her favorite Tchaikovsky.

 

Chaykov's art is basically in the style often seen in ukiyo-e, combining Tokyo landscapes with motifs of the four seasons and everyday life, such as cherry blossoms, cars, umbrellas and his favorite cats. What is characteristic, however, is that he combines these motifs on a large scale to match the modern skyscrapers and depicts them in a bird's-eye view composition. This feature gives the viewer the sensation of seeing a huge set from a special effects movie or a scene from an animated cartoon, stimulating the viewer's curiosity.

 

His landscapes have a very modern and clean look due to the detailed depiction of buildings, which is a result of his experience as an industrial designer, and the overall color and graphic diversity, which is a result of his experience as a color and material designer.

 

He also has a deep attachment to Tokyo, having grown up near the city and frequently visited his grandmother's house near the Tokyo Tower. Through these works that reflect his deep attachment to Tokyo, he hopes that the time you spend in Tokyo, where you live (or visit this time), will be as dreamy and enjoyable as possible.

 

  • Graduated from Tama Art University with a degree in Industrial Design

  • Previously worked in the design department of an automotive company in Japan

  • Currently working as a concept art designer and event art illustrator for an internationally renowned animation production company in Tokyo

Tchaikov's Workshop

My Perfect Creative Environment

A quiet, compact space, lots of my favorite things, a window with a nice view, good drinks and lots of sweets, and someone who sometimes comes to disturb me when I'm too focused.

Disaster strikes Tchaikov's workplace

Sometimes disasters happen...

Tchaikov's signature

Chaykov's signature is designed as a view of Tokyo from Tokyo Bay with Mount Fuji in the distance. The letter H plays the role of the Rainbow Bridge and A the Tokyo Tower; the combination of Y, K, O an V represents the complicated appearance of the Metropolitan Expressway.

Tchaikov and his beloved cat, Lilu
Riru
2003 - 2021

Chaykov's beloved cat, Riru is the model and inspiration for the gray cat in his artworks. Chaykov knew that many cats do not mind living in small indoor spaces, but he felt that he had forced Riru to be an indoor cat on his own, and he wanted to at least create playgrounds for him throughout Tokyo through art.

 

Riru lived a long life of 19 years, including 4 years in California, and passed away in December 2021. About a year before that, the veterinarian had told Chaykov that Riru's life would soon be over. When Chaykov learned of this, he decided to draw Riru as many times as possible while he was still alive.

Exhibition

Chaykov Special ART Exhibition                   

Isetan Shinjuku Store Main Building
5th Floor, Watch Section

3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

 

July 3 - August 28, 2024

Frederick Harris Gallery

Tokyo American Club

2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo

 

February 7 - March 6, 2023

Kaishin Gallery                     

Taipei City, Taiwan

2021

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