Sculpture or Painting…or Aquarium ?

Riusuke Fukahori

A Japanese artist named Riusuke Fukahori is painting incredibly realistic three-dimensional goldfish using acrylic paint layered over clear resin. Just like 3D printer, the artist paints the fish layer by layer, with the sandwiched slices revealing slight more about each creature.


Riusuke Fukahori was born 1973 in Aichi prefecture where he also graduated at a design university in 1995. It is on 2002 that Riusuke started using acrylic and resin to meticulously draw goldfish layer by layer to achieve a 3D effect close to a sculpture. The result are very realistically looking goldfishes frozen in time swimming in all kind of containers ranging from wooden tubs in all sizes, shells, metal boxes or bamboo.

Riusuke Fukahori

Riusuke states that the idea of creating goldfish sculptures came to his mind during a long period of depressions when he was spending a lot of time at home. Watching his own goldfish at home cheered him up and gave him inspiration and energy to start his new goldfish art. It took until 2005 until Ruisuke got recognized in Japan and his international debut was in 2008 on the Shanghai Art Fair.

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