Selected works by Kaz Oshiro

Kaz Oshiro
Wall Cabinet #10


Acrylic on stretched canvas

76.2 x 76.2 x 30.5 cm
Kaz Oshiro is a master of deception. His works posit ordinary objects with a humble simplicity. Washing machines, kitchen cabinets, stereo speakers, and trashcans are presented with mundane matter-of-fact-ness ― bland commercial components, bearing the marks of their habitual use. Oshiro’s forms, however, are not usual household appliances: they are actually three dimensional hyperrealist paintings. Each of Oshiro’s works is assembled from stretched canvas, expertly faux finished and adorned with real fixtures such as handles and decals. Through openings in the back of each work, Oshiro reveals the secret of their making.
In combining sculpture and painting, Oshiro considers his work as dissociated from both disciplines. Instead he describes his practice as “postmodern photography”, creating provocative instances of perception which simultaneously confuse and expose artifice and reality. Equally influenced by Minimalism and Pop art, Oshiro uses these references to reinterpret the traditional genre of still-life. Like 17th century paintings of flowers and fruit, Oshiro’s contemporary emblems of status symbol and commodity invoke a transitory mysticism in their contrived illusion. In replicating the quotidian, Oshiro conjures a magic in the in the experience of everyday banality.

Kaz Oshiro's Biography

Kaz Oshiro
Born in 1967, in Okinawa, Japan
Lives and works in Los Angeles


Kaz Oshiro, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica

Out-n-In, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica

Pet Sounds, Vol. 13: No Sound, More Alchemy, MFA Show, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles
Pop Tatari (Curse of Pop Music), Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica


Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Rock, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.
Giggles, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas
Nothing Compared to This, Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
2004 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
Boundary Creatures, Tthe Kansas City Jewish Museum, Kansas City, Kansas

2003 Summer Program, curated by Mitchell Algus and Michelle Maccarone, Apex Art, New York
Group Show, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica
Redux," Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles

Group Show, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica

A Proper Aesthetics of the War, Gallery Zero One, Los Angeles
Lazy Susan, Long Beach City College Fine Arts Gallery, Long Beach. I'm in This Show, Fifty Bucks Gallery, Los Angeles
LA, CA, Newspace, Los Angeles
Spring Forward, Fifty Bucks Gallery, Los Angeles
Raw Soup, Gallery 207, Los Angeles