"Mount Fuji" is the encounter of two major symbols of Japan: the beautiful and grand mountain, and the very unique Japanese national flag. The intersection of these elements represents two significant aspects of Japanese visual culture: subtlety and strength. We further emphasize the Japanese minimalist identity by using two elements to create three forms.
The art print represents a way for Diogo Akio to express his gratitude to the city he's been calling home since 2015. During his time in Toronto, if there was something that took his attention many times, it was the fact that lots of people, no matter their style or age, were proudly using the iconic Jays cap. Everywhere. It could be a little boy going to school or an adult businesswoman on her commute. All of them shared the same passion.
This is for those who count every second until the next time they are going to eat ramen.
The Smell of Coffee Blooming
A tribute to one of the best moments in the ritual of drinking coffee: the smell of the coffee blooming. The moment when hot water first hits the grounds, and make them bubble and rise. One of the best smells in life is when the gases in the coffee are purged, and the extraction starts. The artwork is a visual interpretation of this very intense and sublime feeling.
One Way illustrates a lonely journey to nowhere. It’s a meditative experience of driving on a road at night with no direction and nothing to distract you from your thoughts. Sometimes the best way to find some clarity is by getting lost.
Dos Arcos da Lapa ao Pão de Açúcar
In english "From Arcos da Lapa to Pão de Açúcar", the artwork is both a tribute and invitation to explore what is best in the most popular city in Brazil, and definitely one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world: Rio de Janeiro. The image is a mix of "Arcos da Lapa" and "Pão de Açúcar", two of the main attractions in the city and very distinct from each other, which represents the plurality of Rio.
Table Tennis – Present vs. Future
At first, the flat view may give you a sense of unbalance. Two circles in different sizes, colours and positions. This intentional aspect represents the whole point of table tennis game: breaking the norm and creating unbalance. Now focus on the white ball and put it in a first plan above everything. After that the other ball will make more sense.
That’s the experience of playing table tennis. It’s not only about where the ball is, but where it’s going to be. It’s a game that requires concentration, agility and skills. And sometimes the battle is against yourself. It seems so simple, but it’s definitely more than that.
Brazilian Bossa Nova
The artwork was inspired by the small but authentic fragments found in Bossa Nova's lyrics: the waves, the sunset and the iconic sidewalk of Copacabana. Romantic and contemplative, it is as tropical and sophisticated as Bossa Nova is.
At Night in Downtown
Inspired by the book “The Art of Stillness” by Pico Iyer, the artwork “At Night in Downtown” illustrates the busy and intense city life. In contrast, it invites us to observe this environment from outside (physically or mentally) as a way to keep us focused and aware of things that surround us in the every day routine. The blurred city lights are the main elements that represent this change of perception from the the unrest to quietness.