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Shungaboy

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Green Chair Blue Shadow, 2011 Acrylic 24x19 © Shungaboy
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© @2011
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Trio Lounging By Pool, 2011 Acrylic 19"x24" © Shungaboy
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Supple Buttocks, 2011 Acrylic 11"x14"
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Abs Blue Robe, 2010 Acrylic 14"x11" © Shungaboy
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Summer Lifeguard, 2011 Acrylic 14"x11" © Shungaboy
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Massive Hunk Blue Green, 2011 Acrylic 24"x19" © Shungaboy
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More Stairs...Gasp!, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 10"x8" © Shungaboy
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Muscleman Sexy Pose, 2011 Acrylic on Bristol Paper 24"x19" © Shungaboy
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Dancer with Drafting Stool, 2013 Acrylic, Marker 24"x19" © Shungaboy
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Photo from 2015 opening
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Quick Facts
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Tags
male nude figurative, figurative, modern
Statement

BIO
Shungaboy was born in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. He has been drawing and painting since childhood but after an illustrious career as an architect, started focusing on his art about 10 years ago. He knew that he wanted to become a full-time artist so he volunteered as an archivist at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation (now the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art) in NYC to see firsthand the work of other male figurative artists. At the same time, he started attending the erotic male drawing group at Leslie-Lohman. He has attended theTom of Finland Life Drawing Workshop, the Colorado Gay Men's Drawing Group, and Pines Nude Drawing in Fire Island Pines, NY. More recently, he has been attending the Sketch Sessions at the Vitruvian Gallery in Washington DC. He works mostly in drawing groups and enjoys the camaraderie they provide. He lives in NYC.

About the name Shungaboy. Shunga was the erotic art genre in 17th-19th century Japan. Literally, "Spring Art" with the word shun (Spring) connoting sex and ga being art, shunga depicted explicit sexual scenes between men and women as well as men and men. It was a popular, broadly appreciated art form until censorship drove it underground. Being of Japanese ancestry, he thought it was a playful, albeit a bit presumptuous, name to use.

ARTIST STATEMENT
I often feel oppressed, restricted, even persecuted by society just for who I am, a gay man and an Asian one at that. Why are male nudes so taboo? I want people to see that the male body is beautiful and not scary or something to be ashamed of; I use bright colors because that's how I want to see the world and so people who look at my paintings can begin to see beyond the nudity.

Exhibits:
Leslie-Lohman's "Drawn Together", NYC
Leslie-Lohman's "Dirty Little Drawings", NYC
Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair, West Hollywood
GLAAD OUTAuction, NYC
GMHC Art & AIDS, NYC
VisualAIDS "Postcards From The Edge", NYC
Casa Frela Gallery, NYC
Seattle Erotic Art Fair
Dirty Detroit 
Painted Boy, NYC
Muscle Beach, NYC
CurateNYC
"nudus" at DeepTanks, NYC
ArtGroup, NYC
Atlantic Gallery, NYC
Imperial Court of NY "Night of a Thousand Gowns"