Hidari Zingaro is pleased to present IMPORTANT GARBAGE, a solo exhibition of works by DIEGO.

DIEGO is a Tokyo-based street artist, often described as “the most peculiar artist in Japan’s street art scenes”. The artist has never partaken in formal art education, but has also kept a distance from Tokyo’s wild street culture. With the immense knowledge, curiosity and dynamism that comes with being an enthusiastic graffti-otaku, along with a unique artistic viewpoint akin to that of The Street Observation Society of the 80’s, DIEGO has created a unique style that combines his obsessive love for nostalgic characters with the Toy Graffiti aesthetic. Having connections with artists around the world, he has actively been organizing exhibitions, as well as directing mural projects.

The artist’s first ever solo exhibition IMPORTANT GARBAGE is comprised of unique, unmissable artworks by DIEGO that embody the essence of street culture as he sees it.

We invite you to come witness this captivatingly playful exhibition, emblematic of DIEGO’s distinctive, detached aesthetic that speaks to the deep subtlety within the viewer’s psyche.

A Message from the Artist

Since I first started creating graffiti when I was a teenager, which was more than a decade ago, I’ve always liked seeing or searching as much as “writing”. I’ve literally lived with them – they are at the back on my mind when I walk around the town, ride a bicycle, look out the window of a moving train, or even when I am in my dreams. I feel like this tendency of mine is not going to change and I never want it to change.

I must admit that I’d never suffered so much as I did after I decided to do this show. I’d never sat still like that just looking at the canvases, and what was worse, I realized I had nothing in my mind that I wanted to write. I found myself frantically filling blank canvases driven by the horrific idea of “a solo show with nothing to go on show,” asking myself what it was that I should be really pursuing. In the end, I came to realize that the object of my passion namely graffiti had never been needed by the society I live in, which is the case with many of the things I see out there – rubbish on the road, dead rats, old guys sleeping in the streets, weird people no one ever cares about except me, half demolished buildings or total ruins…They are the “IMPORTANT GARBAGE” made up of things, sights, and moments that are generally disregarded as useless, while to me being exactly what graffiti is all about. How could I translate them into works of art – those things that matter so much to me despite having been thrown away like garbage by other people? To me, these canvases are an extension of urban settings on which I tried to create a unique cityscape seen through the lens of graffiti.)

Saturday, October 13 – Tuesday, October 30, 20182018
Opening hours: 12:00 – 19:00
Reception: Saturday, October 13, from 18:00 onwards
*Gallery closed on Wednesdays

Sample Artworks

  • Canvas on the wall for Kaikai Kiki Booth at Frieze New York 2018
    Photo by Tom Powel
  • Untitled, 2018
    Acrylic and Aerosol on Canvas
  • Cans, 2018
    Acrylic and Aerosol on Canvas
  • Confused, 2018
    Acrylic and Aerosol on Canvas


DIEGO is known for his abstract paintings inhabited by a cast of humorous anthropomorphic characters inspired by everything he sees daily on the streets – from plastic bottles and wastepaper to stray rats and running cars.



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