CHARLES OSAWA is a Los Angeles-based artist and designer whose talents span the broad spectrum of photography, fine art, architecture, and design. Charles’ distinct aesthetic and artistic sensibility represents the culmination of his LA upbringing, Japanese heritage, and expeditions throughout the globe.
While obtaining his BFA in Architectural Design from the Parsons School in New York City, Charles was initiated into the world of fashion photography, working under renowned photographer Dah Len on commissions for leading publications such as Flaunt and Elite Traveler. Leveraging this vital experience, Charles would later move on to work as an editor and art director for Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, David Turnley, on his book Mandela! Charles has also assisted on various photo shoots for BloombergBusiness under the wing of rising star Chris Goodney.
Charles has applied his unique vision as a design consultant and architect on numerous projects throughout the world, including for the 2013 and 2015 Tokyo International Photo Festival, Ricoh’s flagship “Ring Cube” photo gallery in Tokyo, and various art exhibitions for the Singapore ArtScience Museum, such as Andy Warhol “15 minutes-Eternal,” “Essential Eames,” and a Magnum Photos exhibition. In addition, Charles has been a prolific contributor to Singapore’s burgeoning street art scene as a member of the WeJungle collective, with whom he has produced numerous art festivals garnering press coverage from Vice and Singapore’s The Straits Times.
Since returning to his hometown of Los Angeles in 2017, Charles has concentrated his efforts on fine art. His works have been exhibited at The Hive Gallery, 1162 Gallery, and at Studio City’s iconic Iroha Sushi restaurant. For 2018, Charles has been commissioned to paint a mural for the landmark Hotel Congress in Tucson, which will convey a unique, post-modern vision of Arizona’s lush desert-scapes and rich history.
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