Ryohei Iwata 岩田 量平 is a gallery director born and raised in Nagoya 名古屋, 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 前田 青邨, Iwata initiated LAD Gallery in 2013, located in Nagono 那古野, Nagoya.
Focusing on emerging artists with a youthful spirit, LAD has exhibited works from the likes of Ei Kaneko 金子英, Genta Kosumi 小澄 源太, Kiyomi+Tetsuhiro Uozumi 魚住 紀代美＋哲宏 and more. The Gallery is also a regular attendee of various art fairs in Japan like Art Osaka, Art Fair Asia Fukuoka and artTNZ.
“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…”