Yusuke Toda (b. 1991, Japan) is an artist inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s was an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music & fashion, characterised by hip-hop and electronic pop music.This heavily impacted the generation of artists growing up during this era.
The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s signified the end of the Cold War, yet the African Famine also distinguished the era. During this time, leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.
Yusuke Toda is currently based in Tokyo. His works have been previously exhibited in various parts of Asia including Taipei City, Kaohsiung City, Seoul, and Tokyo.
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