Kazumi Nakamura portrait
Photo Kaori Nishida


Born in Chiba in 1956, Nakamura received a Master of Fine Arts in oil painting from Tokyo University of the Arts, studying under the Mono-ha artist Koji Enokura.

He debuted as a painter in the 1980's, attracting attention for his "Y" paintings, expressionist works which employed "Y"-shapes as their motif. Following this came the Diagonal Grid, C Opened, Ranging Difference – Broken Shelter, Broken Hermitage, Saisoro, Shokusocho (Phoenix) , and other series. He has been tirelessly and dynamically exploring the meaning of pictorial space, producing more than 1300 paintings to date. In Japan, he is recognized as one of the country's most representative painters and has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, with several works in the collections of major Japanese museums.

Outside Japan, he was also featured in group shows such as Europaria Japan ’89 (1989) and the Japan Art Today (1990-91) exhibition which toured Northern Europe. More recently, he has exhibited frequently in East Asia, particularly in China and Korea, and has also published a book of theoretical essays on painting, Toka suru hikari Nakamura Kazumi chosaku senshu(Filtered light: a Nakamura Kazumi anthology) (Reifu Shobo, 2007).

2015 Received the 65th Award from the Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize (in Art division)
2007 Takashimaya Cultural Foundation : Takashimaya Art Award
1984 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts (Master Course)
1981 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts (Aesthetics and Art History)
1956 Born in Chiba
Solo Exhibitions
2017 “KAZUMI NAKAMURA”, Blum & Poe, New York, NY
2016 “Increasingly Expressionistic Work Necessitates Fortified Form that Disciplines”, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2015 “KAZUMI NAKAMURA”, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2014 "KAZUMI NAKAMURA", Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"KAZUMI NAKAMURA", The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2002 "KAZUMI NAKAMURA" Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan
1999 "Art Today 1999 / KAZUMI NAKAMURA" Sezon Museum of Modearn Art, Nagano, Japan
1988 Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1981 Gallery Parergon, Tokyo, Japan
Page Top