While his first-ever solo exhibit is currently on display at New York City’s Jacob Lewis Gallery (now through December 17), Tokyo-based artist Hajime Sorayama recently sat down with Juxtapoz to discuss his signature “sexy robots,” his affinity for the female form, career accomplishments and creative regrets.
Sorayama is best known for his notably detailed, erotic, hand-painted and airbrushed portrayals of women and of feminine, biomechanoid robots, which has in turn seen him transform Kate Moss into a bionic Playmate and Marilyn Monroe to a breathtaking automaton in a golden dress.
When asked about Japan’s art scene dating back decades:
“Hajime Sorayama: At that time, doing commercial art would earn you a lot more exposure, so I cast my net wide and shallow in terms of my values. What can I say? When you’re young and taking on the world, the money at your fingertips seems more enticing than anything else. Now I don’t have much time left and I would like to create work that is a bit more ripened, but at my age, I don’t see any way to emerge from the earthly world in which I’ve operated.”
In speaking on his fascination with pin-up style:
“I know many artists who took pin-up work on commission, but don’t really know of any who did it out of pure love of the genre. As it was my fate to be born a man, I didn’t consider my sex drive to be anything out of the ordinary, but looking back, I guess my curiosity toward the opposite sex must have been extreme. With that said, my longings were not so much carnal as they were an admiration of women as goddesses.”
Discussing superrealism and hyper-realism:
“The difference between superrealism and the hyper-realism or photorealism which were prevalent at that time, is the level of fantasy in the motifs. No matter what I paint, it will exist once I am done, and at that point, my interest and motivation are halved. I think my understanding of “superrealism” is a bit different from the general use of the term now.”
In reference to his current favorite pin-ups magazines or websites:
“These days, I feel like my youth ended with the close of the twentieth century. It’s sad to say, but I’ve gotten old. I find myself struggling to engage with the times we live in now. I know how pathetic that sounds…”
For Hajime Sorayama’s entire conversation with Juxtapoz, follow here.