Tokyo-based artist whom prefers to remain nameless, ageless and faceless simply goes by the pseudonym hi, often found with the accompanying symbol 非 (non-). As stunning as his paintings are, they were made that bit more spectacular to me when I found out they are produced wholly digitally. hi could be the first illustrator I have come across where I appreciate their work more for not being traditional.
hi’s subject matters are often quite bleak and haunting. Choosing to depict gaunt figures, often nude, creates an explicit vulnerability. The pallet choice, however, could be the real draw to hi’s work. Though most pieces have a mute overtone, they are filled with a wealth of colour. The beauty of the vivid colour clash congers up thoughts of fantasy and mysticism. This combination of bleak and beautiful contributes to the off-kilter nature of the pieces.
Head over to 非 hi’s tumblr to see more bewitching work.