This work was inspired by a picture about Shinjuku, a famous business district in Tokyo. I enjoyed adding two women wearing fashionable kimonos and my hands as the photographer symbolizing a cliche about Japan and my position as a foreigner. This painting is made on two sheets of 11.6 x 16.2 inch paper. The hands holding the camera are collaged onto the paper.

- Orlando Marin-Lopez

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Watercolor painting on paper

Signed on front

23.2" h x 16.2" w 
0 lbs. 1 oz.



Orlando Marin-Lopez
Barcelona, Spain

Getting to Know Orlando

Using India ink and watercolor, Orlando Marin-Lopez conveys a poignant sense of humor through his intricate drawings of Japanese urban life. He assimilates the delicate nature of Japanese printmaking into the contemporary world. He uses the lines of brickwork and infrastructure to masterfully guide the eye through his compositions. Orlando, who is also a writer, views drawing as writing’s visual counterpart. The specific details Orlando illuminates function as the narrator of the composition. From sake bottles on window sills to minute inscriptions on storefronts, Orlando’s specificity of detail gives the sense of totality in his documentation of the city.