Animals in my work always have someone beside them. It may be a parent, a child, a brother or a friend. I always have family as a theme for my art. Animals care for their children, brothers, and friends, just like us humans. They are on alert in front of us ,so those feelings may not show, and some of us may see them as enemies or as special beings. But once we know their love towards their family, and look at our own families and love towards our children in that light, I believe that our perspective toward animals will change, and that we can live together.
"KENTARO NISHINO [b.1980] is a Japanese painter known internationally for his wildlife art. He grew up in a rich natural environment under the influence of his father who is a nature guide. He started to draw picture from a young age on the recommendation of his mother and he was awarded in a number of international Children's Painting Competitions. While studying at the University of Hawaii, he encountered airbrush techniques and the vivid colors of Hawaii's nature, this is what inspired him to be an artist. Then he moved to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to study more about art especially basics such as drawing. After returning to Japan, he won the 2nd Art Academy Award Semi Grand Prix which is one of the largest art competitions in Japan.