Teiji Hayama is a Japanese painter and now based in Switzerland. A fashion design graduate who worked with Issey Miyake is now known for his supernaturalism elongated, porcelain skinned females paintings. His paintings combine western and Japanese influences, mixing Greek mythology, Christian art and contemporary Japanese pop culture. The innocence and vulnerability that are often characteristics of Japanese pop arts are juxtaposed with religious and spiritual symbols.

Hayama also wants to show the transition from childhood to adolescence, a physical and mental transitional stage involving social and psychological changes. “I want my portraits to have a psychological charge and the viewer to feel the fragility of this phase of life”. His work depicts young girls evolving physically and mentally evolving into women