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Ryo Arita





Mixed Media
W50 cm x H70 cm (W19.68 x H27.55 inches) 


Hand-cut Nori seaweed on a bed of cooked Koshihikari Japanese Rice



The genuine "Kamikaze Bento Series K20" has been selected as a finalist in the 3rd Toolip International Art Contest.

I work with food, on food, and around food. The Japanese Zen concept of food as both sustenance and transitory perishable art, pleasing to the senses and meant to be ingested and transformed as life-sustaining energy, is an inspiration for my art media. Portraits depicting Kamikaze pilots made from Koshihikari rice and Nori seaweed, two elements of Japanese cuisine of immense cultural importance, evoking notions of honor, history, and tradition.



Ryo Arita was born in Toronto, Canada to first generation Japanese immigrants. Throughout his childhood, he attended various art schools and moved to New York city at the age of 19. He attended the School of Visual Arts, where he studied Graphic and Three-Dimensional design, and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Growing up with both parents in the restaurant industry it has peppered his view of the world. That is where he draws his inspiration. Ryo’s work illustrates the interwoven concepts of composition and sustenance, color and flavor and food and art.


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