Hiroshi Hayakawa was born and raised in Japan. He earned a BA in French Literature from Keio University in Tokyo. After a short stint working as a computer systems engineer, he decided his love of life was making art. He relocated to the United States in 1991, attended Columbus College of Art and Design earning BFAs in Photography and Fine Arts, and then Cranbrook Academy of Art for his MFA in Photography.
His primary artistic medium has been alternative photography especially liquid emulsion ever since he was an art school student. However, his artistic direction has changed recently. He now spends about the same amount of time on his kinetic sculpture work, photography work, drawing and paper craft book projects. He has published his first paper craft book, "Kirigami Menagerie" from Lark Books in 2009. His second paper craft book, "Paper Pups" came out in 2013. His third book, "Paper Birds" and fourth book, "Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures" were both published in 2014.
He currently lives in Columbus Ohio with his wife Nanette, 2 cats, 2 French bulldogs and a turtle. He teaches at Columbus College of Art and Design and exhibits his art nationally and internationally.
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