Osamu Watanabe is a Japanese artist pioneer in "Fake Cream Art." He makes full use of fake food such as fresh cream and fruit and creates various work. In recent years, his works have been collected in numerous museums in Japan, as well as in exhibitions abroad. In a large solo exhibition in his hometown, Yamaguchi prefecture, held in 2015, he mobilized 30,000 visitors with the highest number of visitors, having gained popularity even among people who do not necessarily visit art exhibitions. He also draws attention in the art world, as is seen in the work introduction by Shuji Takashina who received the Culture Merit award in "The Dynamism of Nippon Art" (Kodansha).
Osamu Watanabe is a Japanese artist pioneer in sweets decoration. His work is often associated with the Japanese Kawaii movement. His work is inspired by his mother who was a pastry chef and teacher at a confectionery school, and he believes that sweet brings happiness. He uses decorating piping bags and fake cream made of resin in his artwork. He coined the term "fake cream art" as a new category of contemporary art. A wide variety of his work is displayed in permanent collections of museums throughout Japan. Watanabe has also held exhibitions both in Japan and abroad in China, Turkey, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.
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