Tatsuki Hakoyama is a Japanese artist who currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, MI. Having experienced lifestyles in Japan, Samoa, and the United States, his work often reflects on how culture, community, and environment impact our identity and values. His allegorical figurative paintings are often carefully planned to invoke a sense of mystery, reminiscent of magical realist painters. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in Grand Rapids, MI. Hakoyama exhibits his work in various solo and group exhibitions and received recognition for his work including Director’s Purchase Prize at 2023 West Michigan Area Show in Kalamazoo, MI, and 1st Place Juror’s Award at 2021 Art Walk Central in Mt. Pleasant, MI. In addition to his professional studio practice, he currently teaches at KCAD and Grand Rapids Community College.