Gajin Fujita Artist Biography
Los Angeles graffiti artist Gajin Fujita fuses Eastern techniques with popular Western urban imagery. Taking influences from his Japanese heritage, Fujita uses stencils of icons such as anime, geishas, flowers, warriors and demons. He layers the Japanese Ukiyo-e imagery on top of the more traditional graffiti the combines U.S Hip Hop culture and Latino graffiti. In November 2011 Fujita had his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in five years at L.A Louver gallery.Fujitaﾒs work Beyond Bling: The influence of Hip Hop Culture in Contemporary Art was also featured in 2011 at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota, Florida. Fujita has collaborated in many group exhibitions. He made an appearance alongside artists such as Andy Warhol in the Plastic Culture: Legacies of Pop, 1986-2008 exhibition at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Lancashire, England in 2009. His first UK solo exhibit was shown at Haunch of Venison in London, and was a series of new panel paintings and works on paper.In 2000 Fujita received a M.F.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and in 1997 a B.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design, L.A.Born in Los Angeles in 1972 to Japanese immigrant parents in East Los Angeles, it was in the early and mid-1990s when Fujita joined Hollywood and downtown L.Aﾒs street art culture. Fujita is a member of two graffiti crews, first KGB (ﾓKings of Graffiti Bombingﾔ) and the K2S (ﾓKill to Succeedﾔ).