biography: Artist Statement

Ryuku(Luke) Otsuka grew up in Tokyo until the age of 12 and went to a boarding school in Tochigi prefecture in Japan until the age of 14. After the 3.11 Fukushima earthquake, he was forced to come back to Tokyo to finish his middle school. After having a huge thought about what is next, he applied to high school in Florida, United States. Having influence from his uncle, Akira Nakamura, who is a graphic designer/ artist, he decided to pursue creative and art direction. He was accepted to Parsons The New School, majoring in architectural design after the high school diploma. After a year of stay in New York City, he started to question how much American culture influenced his personality and happened to be deported in 2015 for a visa issue.  He stayed in Tokyo and worked as a waiter for a year, and he came to Parsons Paris to continue his college degree in Art, Media and Technology. After studying art and recognizing social issues from the nature of this school, he realized that most of the manifests of the social issues don’t include him. Yet, his understanding of art pushes him to work on the social issue from a foreigner’s gaze. He is passionate about exploring styles, and his style of creation changes almost every time for that reason. He is influenced by Kenzo Takada since he was working with Kenzo at K3 furniture in 2019 to 2020.