Ryohei Iwata is a gallery director born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. Before becoming a gallery director himself, he had worked in a bank, law firm as well as a university. “… though none of them can be described as my true calling.” he said.
Under the influence of family and growing up among objects of antiques, Iwata eventually set his eyes on the realm of the art world, right after learning his trade in a gallery that handles mainly classics like Picasso and Seison Maeda, Iwata initiated LAD Gallery in 2013, located in Nagono, Nagoya.
Focusing on emerging artists with a youthful spirit, LAD has exhibited works from the likes of Ei Kaneko, Genta Kosumi, Kiyomi+Tetsuhiro Uozumi and more. The Gallery is also a regular attendee of various art fairs in Japan like Art Osaka, Art Fair Asia Fukuoka and artTNZ.
家族の影響で骨董品に囲まれて育った岩田は、ピカソや前田青邨などの古典作品を中心に扱う画廊で修業を積んだ後、2013年に名古屋市の那古野に「LAD GALLERY」を設立。 これまでに、金子英、小澄源太、魚住紀代美＋哲宏などの作品を展示。「LAD GALLERY」では、新進気鋭の若手アーティストに焦点を当てている。また、ART OSAKA、アートフェアアジア福岡、artTNZなど、日本の様々なアートフェアにも定期的に参加している。
“I used to jump around and judge the artworks I saw with my bare eyes, these days I’d like to get to know the artist as a person, while layers of barriers are taken down, you get to speak with individual artist directly, not only experiencing their works, but also hearing what they have to say is crucial for me, it’s never really about the artists’ manner or whether they bow, but their urge and desire…”