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Element Series: "Element Two", "Element One", "Element Five", "Element Four"
acrylic on canvas

Makikio Nakamura

Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1951

Graduated from Kyoto Seika University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan;
Studied at the Nagoya Art Institute; Artist in Residence at the Studio of Cite
Internationale Des Arts Foundation, Paris; Visiting Artist at the Graduate
School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia;
Member of the Japan Artist Association, Tokyo;
Member of the Japanese and International Association of Art, Paris

2000: Selected Visiting Artist by the Arts Council of Ireland;
Granted Government Fellowship for the Study of Arts Abroad by Japan's
Agency for Cultural Affairs


An artist of extraordinary abstract vision, Makiko Nakamura's works
depict the micaceous flow of light and color across adjacent cells on a grid.
With the use of up to fifty layers of acrylic per canvas, Nakamura meticulously renders minute variations on the pattern within an overall scheme of similarity and repetition.  Her pieces, however, far from the result in a lifeless iteration.  Inspired by a fascination with the forests of Japan,
Nakamura's art displays an affinity for the organic -- the veinous texture of
leaves; the fluid strata of living cells.  A daughter of Gifu City, the
papermaking center of Japan, her work recalls as well the fibrous delicacy of traditional Japanese paper.


  • CollectionsCentre Culturel Lutherien de Paris, Paris, France        

  • Cite Internationale Des Arts Foundation, Paris France

  • The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania      

  • Kobe International School, Kobe, Japan

  • SAFETY Corp., Porsche Japan                                             

  • Takenaka Construction Group, Osaka, Japan

  • Boyle Civic Collection, Boyle, Ireland                          

  • Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland

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