Featured Artist rob Kajiwara
Updated: Apr 27, 2019
Rob Kajiwara is a successful singer-songwriter and author as well as an artist. He is of Okinawan Hawaiian descent.
His first book, Ryukyu-Okinawa Impressionism, was published last year.
He has a BA in History with an Asia/Pacific focus from he University of Hawaii at Manoa.
He does digital painting and oil painting. Rob works in what he calls 21st century impressionism - a semi-realistic portrayal of scenes of nature, traditional culture, and every-day life, with an emphasis on bright, vibrant colors. Rob prefers to use short brush strokes, pointillism, blurs, and other distortions in his paintings in order to create a sense of motion and movement in the eyes of the viewer
Currently his favorite work is called "Manana from waimanalo Beach."
The colors came out right and I think it does a good job of representing what I like as an artist.
Kajiwara says that:
"One of my heroes in visual art is the Hawaiian artist Dietrich Varez. He also does paintings in a similar style to me. He uses bright, vibrant colors, which really attracts my attention.
I hope that my art will help create new movements in both Hawaii and Okinawa. Right now in Okinawa we have started what we are calling a "Ryukyu Renaissance," which is a revival of traditional Ryukyu culture mixed with new innovations. I hope that my art will help contribute to this renaissance and help advance Ryukyu's goals."
Be sure to check out more of his work