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Hiroki Otsuka:

From Ero-Manga to Ero-Pop

by Eric C. Shiner

HIROKI OTSUKA, Beautiful Monster, 2005, Sumi ink and acrylic on board, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy the artist and Stay Gold Gallery.

Japanese artist Hiroki Otsuka, 31, is undergoing an exciting shift in his career. Looking at his recent output, he is doing so with great ease and acumen. A comic book illustrator with a penchant for the erotic storylines of pornographic manga, Otsuka has shifted gears and is now producing unsettling paintings based on the nature of sexuality in contemporary Japan.

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