I am a flight engineer of the Japan Air Line cockpit crew on board B747. The total flight time is approximately 15,000 hours. Flying in the great arch of the sky, I can see many countries and splendid views. Richard Kai, my artist name, has been chosen to promote my artwork overseas. In Japan, I won two Prova Awards, which are given to landscapes, for both of two pieces of the artwork I sent. One of the awards is named after Sasakura Teppei, a famous painter known for his European landscapes. Afterwards, I started my new career. I have selected Honolulu as my main business site and have been creating new paintings.
In Japan, I have produced truly unique pieces of artwork that I call Cockpit Art. I appeared on a TV news program by Osaka Mainichi TV Station, Voice. Featuring my artwork, the program was titled as “Cockpit is art: Guess the first job of a popular painter.” It attracted many responses from viewers. Mainichi TV Station broadcasts another popular TV series, Jonetsu Tairiku, which features one person’s life. They are interested in featuring my life in which I am pursuing my own dream through working
as a flight engineer and an artist.
It is my honor to have my artwork displayed in Honolulu. I love Hawai‘i so much. It has many fascinating themes: a wonderful time on Waikiki Beach where people are having a good time with their pleasant thoughts. I hope that your clients can see people’s enjoyment and dream through my playful artwork.
I use acrylic paints on canvas for any of my artwork.
2008 Nations to Nations exhibition art award in United Nations of New York
2004 Geijutsu Shincho, the most authentic art journal in Japan, features me as a painter who made a cockpit into a canvas.
1998 The top 100 illustrators (featured in Art Box)
1997 The Most Promising Western Painting Artists Awards (Art Box)
1996 The Sasakura Teppei Award and the Heartwarming Award (The Prova Awards)
1996 The Japan Watercolors Award (The Watercolors Association)
1995 The Special Award (Beaux Arts Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
1994 The Most Promising Artist Award (Modern naïve(doga) art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
2005 Exhibition in the art galleries (of the Shinjuku head store and a Matsudo branch) of Isetan Department Store
2006 Exhibition in the art gallery of the Narita Shin International Airport
2006 Exhibition in the Fuchu branch art gallery of Isetan Department Store
2007 Exhibition in the art gallery of Shinjuku head store Odakyu Department Store
2008 Exhibition in United Nations Headquarters in New York ,
Nation to Nation Working World of Artist Exhibition
2008 Exhibition in interior gallery Sogo Yokohama Department store
2009 Exhibition in interior gallery Sogo Yokohama.
2010 Exhibition in Sapporo and Nagoya Mitsukoshi department store
Exhibition in Seibu Tokyo department store
2011 Exhibition in art salon Tokyu Yokohama department store
2012 Exhibition in interior gallery Sogo Yokohama etc