- Born 1981 in Gunma, Japan.
- Based in Akita, Japan.
Obana Kenichi takes inspiration from a placeʼs history and landscape, and from peopleʼs occupations and stories to produce drawings and sculptures. In his practice, Obana pursues artworks that allow the audience to experience stories as an interplay between truth and fiction.
His recent major exhibitions include Cultivating Successive Wisdoms, Akita City Cultural Creation Center (2021; Japan), Oku-Noto Triennale 2020+, Otani Region (2021; Ishikawa, Japan), The Vision of Contemporary Art (VOCA) 2021, Ueno Royal Museum (2021; Tokyo, Japan), and The Ecology of Expression, Arts Maebashi (2019; Gunma, Japan).
Obana is the recipient of the 2021 VOCA Award.