Shinya Kumazawa (b. 1970) was born and raised in Suwa, Japan. A basin surrounded by mountains and boasting a beautiful lake, Lake Suwa, the city has a long history of shrines and people protecting and deifying the mountains and trees for over 2000 years.
Shinya’s fascination with the nature goes back to his childhood, when he fell in love with the stars. Even in the cold wintertime, nightly, he would take out his telescope to watch stars, planets and the moon.
Shinya immigrated to Canada and has been living and painting in Toronto since 2000. For the first decade, he devoted himself to painting nature in High Park. Mesmerized by the shifting seasons as they unfolded over the 400 acres, ranging from blooming cherry blossoms from his homeland to the changing fall leaves and glittering snowscapes typical of the Canadian landscape, he has created over 100 paintings. With 50% of this work physically painted in High Park, Shinya has not only drawn the attention of regular park visitors as he worked his canvases, but also the attention of the Park's wildlife - once having painted in the company of a coyote. The colours and contrasting lighting that typifies this Toronto gem is Shinya's muse.
Shinya continues to use oil paints and to explore light, color and space. His subjects range from nature in High Park and desert in Arizona to historical buildings in Europe - all where he feels a spirit or power in the scene. By using brush strokes and color combinations, he is challenging himself to emerge the natural energy in the paintings – as if attempting to recreate a new life on canvas.