Born in Hiroshima 1975, and currently lives and works in London. Kobuke graduated from Kuwasawa Design Institute in1998, from Chelsea College of Arts MFA in 2009. He received the Fellowship of Overseas Study Program for Artists by the Agency for Cultural Affairs by the Japanese Government.
Kobuke creates fantastic paintings (drawings) evoking references to mythology and fairy tales using a distinctive method in which he draws with colored pencils directly onto boards of natural wood. He is acclaimed for a style of symbolic motifs submerged in a richness of expression reminiscent of the Transavantgarde movement. His Letters series poetically depicts the traces of communication residing in media such as envelopes and paper. The artist frequently works with partners in a number of fields, producing commissioned works for public art and collaborations with apparel brands.
His recent exhibitions include “17th DOMANI：The Art of Tomorrow” The National Art Center, Tokyo (2015), “Letters” Nakata Museum, Onomichi, Hiroshima (2012), “Mokume” Daiwa Foundation, London (2012), “The Frank Suss Collection” Phillips de Pury & Company, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010)