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Keisuke Iwahata, Illustrator

Hello.  I’m Keisuke Iwahata, born in Numazu City, Shizuoka, Japan on April 29, 1986.

When I was 3 years old, I was diagnosed with learning difficulties. But I managed to attend the same regular kindergarten and primary school as my friends did.
At the age of 10, I was diagnosed with leukemia, and I was taken to Shizuoka Children’s Hospital for treatment for 1 year.  While in the hospital, I was absorbed in reading comic books by my favorite Japanese comic artist, Fujio Akatsuka.  It was at that time that I first began to paint pictures.

After leaving the hospital, I still had to go to see my physician on a regular basis for anticancer drug treatment for 3 years.  Every time I met him, I showed him pictures I painted, and he put them up on the wall.  Consequently his room was filled with my works, which made me very happy.

Now I go to Shizuoka Chuo High School.  I realize I wouldn’t be what I am without the kind support and help given by many people.
Today, I am hooked on traveling by myself.  I have visited many places and been impressed not only by the wonderful scenery but also the warm hospitality offered by local people.

As soon as I come back from each trip, I paint and paint to my heart’s content.
No painting, no life.
I will keep on creating a lot of works and characters.

Excerpt from the self-introduction at my one-person exhibition held at Seibu Department Store in fall 2009

Short Biography

1986 Born in Numazu City, Shizuoka, Japan.
1996 Started painting pictures while under medical treatment in the hospital.
Today Enrolled in Shizuoka Chuo High School.