Born in Osaka, Japan (b. 1990) Keita Morimoto is a Japanese artist whose work is interested in the intersections of history, contemporary, and personal influences. A common muse in his work is the dramatic use of light and darkness – as seen in Dutch Golden Age and Baroque paintings – which he uses to insert modern characters into classical scenes. Through his work, Morimoto combines his classical compositions with nods to street fashion, anime, and youth subcultures. He’s exhibited his work across the United States and in Canada. With a practice based in Toronto, many of his works portray the city’s night scene, allowing him to experiment with lightness, darkness, and the seclusion of the inner city streets.