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Nakajima Hiroyuki

Nakajima Hiroyuki (C) Flavio Gallozzi

Nakajima was born in Chiba, Japan. He began his training in shodo at the age of 6 and would continue his studies through his post-graduate years at Chiba University where he received a degree in Achitectonics (Industrial Engineering). While in his twenties, Nakajima began training in Tai Chi.

By the time Nakajima was in his thirties he had already started to develop his own style of contemporary Japanese calligraphy, and became a professional artist. Nakajima exhibited his work for the first time in 2000 at a private exhibition in Rome. The pieces selected for this exhibition consisted mostly of Japanese calligraphy that were recognized as abstract art which depicted Japanese characters as their theme.

Shortly after his exhibition in Rome, Nakajima introduced the movements of Tai Chi into his art, intending to demonstrate the process of creating the art by means of a performance. Most of his performances begin with Nakajima standing in a meditative state over a blank canvas, and then when inspired uses one sharp stroke of the brush to create the abstract form of nature: moon, soil, mountain. Nakajima has explained that the one stroke of a brush is carried out with a single, condensed thought to bring about the forms and lines of a moment in time.

Nakajima has said, “Every work of “Sho” is created in one continuous motion, and therefore cannot be repeated or re-written. The power of “Sho” lies in this feature of non-recurrence. Even if you draw the same letter ten times, ten different forms will arise spontaneously.”

Since then, Nakajima has held exhibitions and live performances throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. In 2006 he was invited to participate in the 60th Festival d’Avignon in France, and in the 2006 Art Basel Miami Beach Show (the American sister event of Art Basel in Switzerland), where he debuted in the United States. Nakajima currently has studios in Chiba, Japan and in Milan, Italy.

Click here to read the Associated Press article about Nakajima’s USA debut!

You can read more about Nakajima Hiroyuki on Wikipedia.

Year Private Exhibitions
2017 ASIA NOW, Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery – Paris (FRANCE)
With Nature, Galerie BARTOLI – Marseille (FRANCE)
2016 生/LIFE, Bunkamura Box Gallery – Tokyo (JAPAN)
2014 the form I have never seen, Ikkyo-Ann – Tokyo (JAPAN)
2013 Forme de Zen, Galerie F. Mansart – Paris (FRANCE)
2012 Kizuna,Gallery Tact – Tokyo (JAPAN)
Shizen, Galleria Nobili – Milano (ITALY) critic: Matteo Galbiati
2011 Ri-Vivere, Arte Giappone – Milano (ITALY)
2009 Gallery Tact – Tokyo (JAPAN)
2008 Gallery Tact – Tokyo (JAPAN)
2007 Gallery Tact – Tokyo (JAPAN)
2006 Lune, 60° Édition Festival d’Avignon – Avignon (FRANCE)
Mond, Siegburg Stadtmuseum – Siegburg (GERMANY)
Gallery Tact – Tokyo (JAPAN)
2005 The beach Associazione Culturale – Torino (ITALY)
Crèations Japon, Centre d’Etudes Japonaises d’Alsace – Colmar (FRANCE)
2004 Siebold Museum – Würzburg (GERMANY)
2003 The International Furniture Fair – Cöln (GERMANY)
Mike Amrta – Tokyo (JAPAN)
Klingspor Museum – Offenbach (GERMANY)
Kreis Museum – Peine (GERMANY)
sho, Galerie Wild – Frankfurt am Main (GERMANY)
2002 Ronald Schmitt tisch – Eberbach (GERMANY)
Sky Gallery, Haneda-Airport – Tokyo (JAPAN)
2001 Sho, Institut D’Arts Visuels – Orléans (FRANCE) critic: Cristian Parisot
Lapin Et Halot – Tokyo (JAPAN)
Sho, Galleria Montmartre Des Arts – Paris (FRANCE) critic: Cristian Parisot
2000 Sho, Studio Soligo – Roma (ITALY) critic: Atsushi Suwa
1999 Gallery Kai – Tokyo (JAPAN)
1997 Gallery Nakazawa – Tokyo (JAPAN)

Year Live Performances
2016 Sun, Moon and Life, Stiftskirche – Kaiserslautern (GERMANY)
Sun, Moon and Life, Suermondt Ludwig Museum – Aachen (GERMANY)
Sun, Moon and Life, Konzertsaal des Kulturzentrums “Hufeisen” – Germersheim (GERMANY)
2015 Festsaal der Karlsburg Durlach – Karlsruhe (GERMANY)
Stadtmuseum – Siegburg (GERMANY)
“Nippon Connection” Die Käs – Frankfurt am Main (GERMANY)
2013 Water, Takeshigerou – Kyoto (JAPAN)
2012 Gratitude and Heritage, La Rochelle – Tokyo (JAPAN)
Carrousel Du Louvre – Paris (FRANCE)
2011 Sonne und Monde, Siegburg Stadtmuseum – Siegburg (GERMANY)
Musicalligrapie with Lê Quan Ninh, Fondation Royaumont – Paris (FRANCE)
2010 Luna, La Casa delle culture del mondo – Milano (ITALY)
Vivere, La Triennale di Milano – Milano (ITALY)
2009 Leben, Siegburg Stadtmuseum – Siegburg (GERMANY)
Leben, Heiliggeistkirche – Speyer (GERMANY)
Vivere, Arte Giappone – Milano (ITALY)
2006 Lune, The 60° Édition Festival d’Avignon – Avignon (FRANCE)
Del Kalligraph der Seele, Siegburg Stadtmuseum – Siegburg (GERMANY)
Ichimura Miami Japan Garden – Miami (U.S.A.)
Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami (U.S.A.)
2005 the beach- Associazione Culturale- Torino (ITALY)
Crèations Japon, Centre d’Etudes Japonaises d’Alsace – Colmar (FRANCE)
2003 Klingspor Museum – Offenbach (GERMAY)
Kreis Museum – Peine (GERMANY)
2002 Santa Claus Forest – Rovaniemi (FINLAND)
Ronald Schmitt tisch, Eberbach (GERMANY)
2001 Lapin Et Halot – Tokyo (JAPAN)
Prèsence Japonaise, Scene Nazionale – Orléans (FRANCE)

Year Media
2012 “Corriere della Sera” (ITALY)
2011 “Vivi Milano” (ITALY)
2011 “Rein-Sieg Rundschau” (GERMANY)
2011 “Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger” (GERMANY)
2010 “la Repubblica Tutto Milano” (ITALY)
2007 “Plexus” (VENEZUELA)
2006 “LE FIGARO” (FRANCE)
TV “Draw MOON in Provence” (JAPAN)
“GENERAL-ANZEIGER” (GERMANY)
“Rein-Sieg Rundschau” (GERMANY)
“Herald Tribune” (U.S.A.)
“Japan Times” (JAPAN)
2005 “DERNIERES NOUVELLES D’ALSACE” (FRANCE)
2004 “KULTUR” (GERMANY)
2003 “a&a DIE ZEITUNG” (GERMANY)
2002 “Lapin Kansa” (FINLAND)
“Eberbach Zeitung” (GERMANY)
2001 TV “Gendai-Nihongaku-Genron” (JAPAN)
“Republique” (FRANCE)
TV “IL DE FRANCE CENTRE” (FRANCE)
2000 “ARCHIVIO” (ITALY)