Tohukiro Kawai is a Japanese surrealist contemporary artist who's best known for his regal cat paintings. Unique and whimsical, the paintings of royal cats look both majestic and kingly while at the same time putting a smile on the spectator's face. By drawing inspiration from the Renaissance style of painterly technique, Tohukiro delivers a unique visual style full of myths, legends, and fantasies.

"Kawai approaches to work on the now fragile bond between story and picture to bring the two into reunion. Since gods and faith are less related to our modern society, Kawai complements the theme with his own imagination," the artist's official page reads. "Kawai’s painting is always an illustration without chapters with classical technique portraying a story of modern lives."

Scroll down below to see 10 of Tahukiro Kawai's beautiful oil paintings of regal felines and vote for the ones that you like the most!

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Maryam Siddiqui
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1 month ago

i feel like this is my cat exactly

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Emperor Kitten
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1 month ago

I've been using this car as my avatar for years! Love this got.

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Thersia Eksteen
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1 month ago

Lovely pic of a wonderful world.

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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

The food offerings don't seem to be to Her Highness's liking!

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mph seti
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1 month ago

'I am a Cat' by Soseki Matsume is a classic of Japanese literature. If you like cats, and early 20th century novels I recommend it. It's about a homeless cat, and his observations of people in turn of the century Japan. It's loaded with satire and social commentary.

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FloC
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1 month ago

Almost Puss in Boots

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Emma Cook
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1 month ago

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Anna Dimino
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1 month ago

Cats rule.

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Heather Hayllar
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1 month ago

Lookslike the bird knows the cats are well fed and too lazy to chase it :)

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cyberbird
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1 month ago

The nutriation piramid

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Demongrrrrl
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1 month ago

Cat on the right: Draw me like one of your French girls."

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