“I’m often described as someone scared of jumping, metaphorically speaking, ” Kentaro Yamada says from Portugal, where he is busy visiting prehistoric cave paintings and admiring the ceramics of local artisans. Although he claims prudence, Kentaro’s life—from competitive sailing to his career as an artist—doesn’t appear hampered by cowardice or indecision. The trick, he claims, has always been to let his intuition lead the way. “Whenever I’ve achieved big steps or jumped to the next step, I didn’t even know This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Three Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 44 Hannah Traore The art world's next big thing is a gallerist. Arts & Culture Issue 43 The Sellout On the moral maze of art and money. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Dream House The rise of renderporn. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Olalekan Jeyifous On fantastical architecture and sci-fi Brooklyn. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Liana Finck The wobbly-lined cartoonist with a razor-sharp vision. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Botched Beauty When fine art gets in a fix.