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|
|2016||“Increasingly Expressionistic Work Necessitates Fortified Form that Disciplines”, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan|
|2015||“NAKAMURA KAZUMI”, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA|
|2014||“NAKAMURA KAZUMI”, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“NAKAMURA KAZUMI”, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
|2002||“NAKAMURA KAZUMI” Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan|
|1999||“Art Today 1999 / NAKAMURA KAZUMI” Sezon Museum of Modearn Art, Nagano, Japan|
|1988||Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan|
|1981||Gallery Parergon, Tokyo, Japan|