Kiyoshi Toya lives with his parents in a mountainous area in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, in western Japan. He draws bird’s-eye views of towns in which all spaces other than those occupied by buildings, such as streets, parking lots, and empty lots, are filled with cars. Many of the buildings he draws actually exist, and it appears that he uses his memory to draw townscapes that he has seen while commuting on the bus or from the windows of his mother’s car.
Toya began drawing when he was around three years old. He produces his art on his days off, in his room at home. He does not make preliminary rough drafts and he uses a ruler to cover the surface of a drawing from the lower left to the upper right of his paper. Kiyoshi Toya’s works have been featured in Art Brut in Thailand and Japan, Chulalongkorn University Museum, Bangkok, Thailand (2017), and Komorebi, Le lieu unique, Nantes, France (2017).