Teiji Hayama's paintings join together western and Japanese influences, combining different art historical periods varying from Christian art, Greek mythology to contemporary Japanese pop culture and Ukiyo-E.

Many of the figures are rife with symbolism, a tradition in Christian art. Hayama's pale, ethereal figures with frail bodies and pale tinited eyes often inspired by well-known images of female deities, portray an angelic appearance which clashes with a penetrating and unnerving glare directed at the viewer.

Symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, pledges of love, tattoos depicted in the portraits represent the seat of emotions of the young girls, their convictions, belonging or identification with particular groups. Teiji Hayama communicates the innocence of children by portraying nude girls.

Nudity combined with innocence and vulnerability is often depicted in Japanese pop art. Hayama also wants to show the transition from childhood to adolescence, a physical and mental transitional stage involving social and psychological changes.

"I want my portraits to have a psychological charge and the viewer to feel the fragility of this phase of life".


born 1975 in Kumamoto, Japan
lives and works in Switzerland

1995-1998 : Central Saint Martins
College of Art and Design
, London

1999-2002 : Assistant designer &
creation Cabane de Zucca,
Issey Miyake Group, Tokyo

Exhibitions, Publications, Awards

2010 Affordable Art Gallery (AAF), Brussels Group exhibition at stand G5 of Leslie's Artgallery
2009/2010 Leslie's Artgallery, Bridel, Luxembourg Solo exhibition
2009 Leslie's Artgallery, Bridel, Luxembourg Group show "NEW CONTEMPORARY FIGURATIVE ART"
2009 SCOPE ART Show Basel, Switzerland represented by Galerie T40, Düsseldorf
2009 Galerie T40, Düsseldorf, Germany Solo exhibition "Innocence"
2009 Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, Switzerland Group show "Accrochage Vaud 2009"
2009 Holster Projects Group show "GODS AND RITUALS"
2009 Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne Nomination for the annual Swiss art scene exhibition
2008 SCOPE ART Show Basel, Switzerland represented by Saatchi Online, London
2008 Sovereign Art Prize Nomination
2008 Luerzer's Archive 07/08 Nomination 200 best illustrators worldwide
Dorobushi Ginza & Hiroo, Tokyo Solo exhibition
L'Assiette Japan Solo exhibition
Galerie Bassins, Switzerland Solo exhibition "WasserWaterEauAqua"
Galerie Luna, Switzerland Solo exhibition "Moon Project"
Nestlé Centre de recherche, Switzerland Solo exhibition "Scènes d'intérieurs"
Galerie L'Oiseau, Switzerland Solo exhibition "Celebrities and Ghosts"
Transition Gallery, UK Group show "The Painting Room"
Villa Dutoit, Switzerland Group show "Zone Bleue"
Galerie EDGAR, Paris Group show
Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto (CAMK), Japan Group show
Art Generation Gallery, France Group show "Talons aiguilles"
En Beauregard Gallery, Switzerland Group show
Sekiun Gallery Tokyo Group show "Supernatural"
Selected collections Jean Pigozzi, Christian Leger Collection