一期一会 – ‘One life, one encounter’ with Daisuke Sekai
Chronologically, Japan does have a particularly interesting relationship with the rest of the world. This small, island country has endured multiple invasions, periods of isolation, making this formation of a unified culture and artistic style especially critical to the Japanese identity. That said, the interchange of influence between Japan and the world has been seen as sensitive, but one which has seen momentous change over time.
It is for this reason being an artist from Japan carries a different type of weight and responsibility compared to an artist from another country, for example, the UK – the world is fairly familiar with English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh art, but less so Japan. As a Japanese artist seen around the world, one inherits the role as an ambassador for their country. In some cases, even an entry point to it. To make it to this level though, one needs to achieve colossal success in their homeland to gain such recognition.
Daisuke Sekai is an artist who can be considered halfway between a performer and a designer of experiences. His works are always the result of an elegant exchange with another person, be it another artist, photographer or a curator of one of his numerous works. Daisuke’s travels around the world has given him the opportunity to see art and life flip side. “I love my travels, they are an excellent way to challenge perspective, gather come creative inspiration and also a great way to refresh and reset,” he says.
About Daisuke Sekai
“I was born on February 17, 1991. Taking my cue from my mother who is an established musician, I have always been the artist and performer. Having moved to England when I was 18 years old, the experience allowed me to enhance the concept of The Third Japonism – the study of Japanese art and artistic talent. After England, I’ve had the great opportunity of working in Paris, New York, Kuala Lumpur and so on. Honestly, I couldn’t draw anything but I wanted to live like an artist – travelling, meeting great people every day, like in the movies. It was at the age of seventeen, I picked up this skill and the rest is history!”
“I’ve had the pleasure of designing, conceptualising packages, logo and branding for “Wagokoro”, a Japanese sweet brand. I’ve performed Magic shows three times at Marunouchi’s Cotton Club in Japan. My big break has got to be the collaborative work at Ikebukuro’s Tobu Department Store as well as representative works entitled “Roppongi” at the National Art Center in Japan. Recently, upon meeting you (the writer) I have had the pleasure of displaying my artwork at KL Alta Moda Fashion Show held in Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur. That resulted to a few other collaborative ventures with renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo as well as Japanese brand Happo-en Co. Ltd.” Unexpected!
“What I have gained from the experience of travels was a renewed appreciation for the world and our place within it. Art makes me happy. One experience for me is more than 100 bits of knowledge. I think design can be a powerful tool that helps people reconnect with our daily lives. Design and travel to me are like lifelong learning. To date, I’ve visited 42 cities and not stopping just yet”.
“Absolutely! As a young man who came into this world and didn’t have much, I made sure that my true sense of self is through resilience. For this, I am grateful because I got this from my mother. Without her support, I would not be where I am today and for that, I am thankful – just making it through and seeing growth in life. When you are down the only way is up!”.
Did he enjoy the experience being in Kuala Lumpur?
“It was a really interesting journey just to be in Kuala Lumpur and feel the positive energy from Malaysians here. It was also exciting to see how everyone was with art. It was a real spectacle and a real show. I am definitely coming back.”
What’s next for Daisuke Sekai?
“At this point in my career, I just want to keep growing [and] connect with more people as much as I can. I would like to leave a legacy and showcase my country to the world. I would like to leave an impact on the world, the people and the culture for the rest of eternity. That’s my end goal. You’ve got to stay consistent, you’ve got to stay working to inspire all.”
If you love free-hand sketches and art, you’ll definitely love Daisuke Sekai (check out some of his amazing artworks on Instagram @daisukesekai).