Shinichi Maruyama is a Japanese artist who was born in 1968 in Nagano, Japan. He began his professional photography career with Amana, one of the largest commercial photography agencies in the world.
From 1994 to 1998 he worked independently and produced, among other things, numerous photos of Tibet. Upon his return to Japan he created photos for advertising.
In 2003, he moved to New York where he began a series of photos entitled Kusho, consisting of 23 works in large format that play on the interaction of black India ink and water.
What Shinichi Maruyama has sought in these photos is the deconstruction of the real and the reconstruction of the image, permitting his audience to access the beauty of the invisible.
The two images above are part of the series entitled Water Sculpture. Maruyama seeks to render visible and eternal what is ephemeral.
Nihonga, the composition of two Japanese words, comes from Nihon, which signifies Japanese, and Ga, which means painting. The work of Maruyama stands firm in the tradition of Japanese Wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection and of discreet elegance.