Kotatsu Iwata was born in Osaka in 1974. With the admiration of American pop art created by artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, he decided to move to New York in 2004 to begin his art career. Motifs from advertising, magazines, cartoon characters and other images that we see in daily life can be found present in Iwata’s work, but looking closer they are more than just that and flat colors. Iwata’s work is layered with soft pop tones, texture, traces of pencil drawing, and nostalgia. Iwata has participated in solo exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including The Place 229 (New York) and the Tezukayama Gallery (Osaka, Japan), NY Coo Gallery (New York) as well as at the ISE Cultural Foundation (New York).