Kenji was born in Japan and grew up there until he moved to the United States in 2005 to attend college. After trying out several genres of work, from a pre-school educator to an iTunes specialist/trainer at Apple, he decided to pursue his passion of photography.
Kenji’s passion for creating artistic portraits that resemble paintings from the renaissance period started when he visited the Otsuka International Museum, where popular paintings from all over the world are recreated brush stroke to brush stroke on ceramic in their original sizes. He saw how those painters made light fall on their subjects and how every piece has stood the test of time and tells the history of the era and the subjects.
Currently, he is working on a project to highlight diversity in the Oregon community.