(b. 1983)



A River Under Water (2018)
Secret Fire (2016)

Youki Hirakawa is a Japanese contemporary artist born in Nagoya, Japan in 1983. He currently lives and works in Toyota, Japan and Berlin, Germany. 

Through his still and installation-based video artwork, Youki Hirakawa explores a mysterious and immeasurable sense of time, loss and longing. His monochromatic imagery is imbued with a melancholic quality, reconnecting a fragile past with a vivid present casting questions over the future. Deftly contrasting static imagery and moving footage, his work recalls its basis in frames per second, through which Hirakawa questions and in turn plays with our sense of time. Hirakawa constructs his artworks as if to reveal hidden memories or narratives contained within the subject, resuscitating sensibilities that may have since been obscured, primarily through progressive human activity. Youki Hirakawa has exhibited extensively worldwide.


His inaugural solo exhibition ‘Secret Fire’ at Anima-Mundi was held in 2016. In 2017 he was finalist of Sovereign Asian Art Prize. Works are held in numerous public and private collections. Youki Hirakawa is represented by Anima-Mundi.