Koji Nakazono


Born 1989 in Kanagawa, Japan; died in 2015.

Completed BFA in Oil Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. Koji Nakazono passed away in 2015 at the age of 25.

Nakazono’s work, created during his short career, amazes us with its prolificacy and variety in expressions, from rich, almost dancing brushstrokes, to an intense flood of colors and lines made with crayons. He created unique pictorial spaces by arranging various figures, including those of humans, layered on abstract fields of color.

Notable exhibitions include The Way of Painting, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (2014; Japan), Japanorama: New vision on art since 1970, Centre Pompidou-Metz (2017; France), and Koji Nakazono: On the Edge—Places I wanted to see, Yokosuka Museum of Art (2018; Kanagawa, Japan). His work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama (Kanagawa, Japan), Takamatsu Art Museum(Kagawa, Japan), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Japan).

Photo by Osamu Sakamoto


Private Collection
Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery