Arturo Kameya is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Peru. Born in 1984, Arturo Kameya's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time.
Kameya's work is rooted in personal stories and in the history of the urban subculture of the Peruvian capital Lima and Japan. Peru has traditionally had a large community of Japanese migrants. He reflects through paintings, music and objects on apparently insignificant experiences, memories and rituals from everyday life. His work thus touches on major and current themes such as migration, loss and change. The imagination of the past and the future also plays a role.
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