Yuichi Higashionna was born in 1951 in Tokyo, where he lives and works. His creations, mainly large-scale installations, are characterized by the use of neon lights, paintings inspired by spray-painted graffiti and fluorescent-striped wallpaper, reminiscent of the aesthetics of Op Art.
In his compositions, he incorporates objects associated with fanshii culture, from the English word “fancy” or rather “from everyday life,” which are strange and uncanny at the same
time. The aesthetics of the “Japanese fluorescent culture”—the widespread mix of the campy and the unusual during the post-war period of openness towards Western aesthetic values—are a central element of his artistic research. In Untitled (Moire) (2011), the artist presents an oval inside two orange fluorescent lights: the lines intersect, they form special visual effects that capture the viewer. His installations have been exhibited at the Mori Art Museum (2007), Tokyo; the Shanghai Art Museum (2008); the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (2010), Moscow; the Hayward Gallery, London (2010); Glasstress (2011, 2015), Venice; the Marianne Boesky Gallery (2015), New York; and in the temporary show Glassfever (2016), Dordrecht. He won first prize at the Bombay Sapphire Exhibition (2008), Milan.