Reika was born in Tokyo, Japan, but moved to Montreal, Canada when he was nine years old. His parents made sure to introduce him to Japanese culture properly, so he spent a lot of time doing origami. This is probably something that really helped him have the patience and meticulous attention required to make the amazing art he creates these days.
In his past, Reika has experimented with many art forms. He’s done sculpting, drawing, painting, and (obviously) he’s also done some photography. However, at some point he chose not to deny himself the pleasure of working closer with “nature” to create his projects, so he moved towards the kind of art you can see on his website and Instagram.
Art vs Business
In several interviews Reika has talked about his experience being a full-time artist. A lot of his money comes from commissions (when people or companies ask for custom pictures to be made for them). He has said that he enjoys the freedom he has to dedicate his time to something he loves, but he finds it difficult to balance his love for art with the contemporary need of running your art like a business as a freelancer.
Dedication to self-expression
Reika has experimented with many art forms and found it very challenging to pursue his hobbies when they weren’t bringing him any recognition. He even quit art for a while. But, after some time, he found that something was pulling him back towards creation.