Rika Otsuka (b. 1990) was born in Yeosu, South Korea, and was raised in both Seoul and Yokohama, Japan. After she took her primary and secondary education, she came back to Japan where she received her BFA at the Tokyo University of the Arts. She is currently enrolled in the Global Art Practice MFA program at the same university. She has participated in annual exhibitions at both TUA School Museums. Her primary focus is oil painting, and she creates installations using various media.In her childhood, she experienced firsthand the tensions related to the history between Japan and South Korea. As an outsider, her focus is on the external perspective, directing the audiences’s attention away from historical issues and toward underlying problematic national feelings towards another.