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 Kenji Nakayama  (21st Century)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts / Japan      Known for: daily life theme multi-layer stencils, painting, murals

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The work of Japanese born, Boston based Kenji Nakayama features photo-realistic, hand-cut stencil, spray enamel, acrylic and mixed media paintings.

Nakayama is a mechanical engineer by formal education. He made a significant and resolute life change in 2004 when he moved from his home in Hokkaido, Japan and brought his cultural heritage to the United States. His artwork incorporates Japanese and American influences within traditional sign painting techniques.

Kenji became involved with street art to document and respond to his surrounding environment, and as a method to capture significant moments in his daily life. His elaborate process involves crafting original, hand-cut, multi-layer stencils, which become one complete image when illuminated with colorful spray enamel. This deeply personal technique serves as a diary from start to finish.

In the studio, each intricately cut stencil painting often takes him months to complete, as he combines hours of concentration with a spiritualistic and meditative-like disposition.

Soon after Kenji’s arrival to the States, he met John Woodward and was challenged with the opportunity to paint the outdoor wall on their Project Space. This was followed by an invitation to exhibit another large scale installation in the Bank of America, SoHo. People were in awe of Kenji’s complex murals. The public continues to show great support by embracing this Artist for his quiet determination, skill and exciting new contribution to our culture.

Kenji Nakayama left his homeland driven to develop and master high levels of detail with an intense discipline in his art. Kenji describes, “My process is like dust. Each little grain and speck adds up, and soon becomes a mountain."

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Woodward Gallery, New York City


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