tetsuya ishida was a japanese painter, born in 1973 in shizuoka. unfortunately for the arts world, he died prematurely in 2005 after a suspected suicide. the recurrent themes in his paintings were based around ordinary japanese life with a surreal twist: the usual main character, a self-portait of ishida, is either trapped inside some sort of machine or he’s part of a production line. perhaps he was making a statement about how mechanized and orderly japanese people behave in their society. his paintings clearly evoke despair and anxiety both through facial expressions and the bizarre settings where he places his characters.
tetsuya graduated from the musashino art university in tokyo. during his lifetime he won several awards and held various solo exhibitions in his home country, but as it usually happens with great artists, his work didn’t gain much attention across the world until after his death, with some of his paintings being sold at auctions for large sums of money.
you can check out most of the artist’s work via his official website, even though it’s in japanese, you should be able to browse around thru the images.