Brooklyn based painter Hiro Kurta paints hallucinatory scenes and portraits that revolve mostly around one character — a baseball player wearing thick black and white pin stripes. Hiro calls him “The Slugger.” His works take the slugger through surreal worlds rendered in vibrant colors and populated by sumo wrestlers, samurai warriors and greek gods. Hiro grew up in Japan, but moved to Chicago as a kid. For him, baseball was not important as a sport, but as a cultural bridge between his two homes.
I met with Hiro at his studio in Greepoint, Brooklyn to talk about his paintings, the influence of Manga comics on his work, and his relationship with baseball.
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