Naoto Kawahara (Tokyo, 1971) is an artist based in Tokyo. After he worked as an industrial designer, Kawahara studied at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence. He has been creating paintings that reinterpret scenes extracted from classic masterpieces by artists such as Dürer, Balthus, Cranach, Degas, Munch, Bonnard and Pieter Claesz. Through such “re-envisioned paintings”, Kawahara pursues the theme of reflecting on archetypes of images valid today through old masters’ themes. He has participated in the group exhibitions, “Everybody is Crazy, But Me”, Maison Particulière, Brussels (2016); “Biennial of Painting / Biënnale van de schilderkunst”, Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek, Deinze (2014); “The Figure and Dr. Freud”, Haunch of Venison, New York (2009); “Diana und Aktaion: Der Verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit”, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf (2008) and “Attention to Detail”, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2008). His solo exhibitions have included Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (1999, 2001, 2003，2005, 2008, 2015) and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp (2007, 2012).