Yokohama, b.1988

Akito Nara

Akito Nara paints abstract works, evoking the likenesses of creatures, persons, and other forms inspired from personal anecdotes and introspection. Nara's numerous self-portraits exist as interpretations of different facets of his spiritual self. He paints himself to understand his daily existence, his reactions, and his place within his environment. Influenced by organic and cosmic symbolism, Nara uses eyes and colorful deconstructed forms as stylistic anchors and motifs in creating recognizable characters to represent the deepest parts of his subjects and this world.

Akito Nara was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1988. Largely self-taught, he briefly attended the School of Visual Arts when he first arrived to New York City in 2013. Honing his skills in his studio in Brooklyn, Nara sourced inspiration from many greats, from Picasso and Dubuffet to...

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Biography

Akito Nara paints abstract works, evoking the likenesses of creatures, persons, and other forms inspired from personal anecdotes and introspection. Nara's numerous self-portraits exist as interpretations of different facets of his spiritual self. He paints himself to understand his daily existence, his reactions, and his place within his environment. Influenced by organic and cosmic symbolism, Nara uses eyes and colorful deconstructed forms as stylistic anchors and motifs in creating recognizable characters to represent the deepest parts of his subjects and this world.

Akito Nara was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1988. Largely self-taught, he briefly attended the School of Visual Arts when he first arrived to New York City in 2013. Honing his skills in his studio in Brooklyn, Nara sourced inspiration from many greats, from Picasso and Dubuffet to Osamu Tekuza and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Nara’s art practice is varied and complex, with a touch of romanticism; Nara’s practice is difficult to tie into a single conceptual framework but rather speaks to the universal quest for self-discovery.

Artworks

13

Kiss My Ass, 2020

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / Acrylic on Canvas / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Balance between the East and the West / Canvas / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Japanese Art / Daily Life Experience / Face/Body (Human Figures) / Family/Friend / Figurative Painting / Inspired by Cubism / Introspection/Meditation / Japanese Art / Learning from Different Cultures / Mixed Media Art / Mixed Media on Canvas / Mixed Media Painting / Oil Pastel / Painting / Pastel / Portrait of a Man / Portrait of a Woman / Portrait Painting / Scenes of Everyday Life / Self Taught Artist / Self-Portrait / Short and Quick Brushstrokes / Smooth and Flat Surface / Surrounding Environment / Young/Emerging Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2014

    School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (Continuing Education Courses)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Ikiru wo Egaku, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY.

  • 2019

    Connection, Brooklyn Beauty / Fashion Labo, Brooklyn, NY.

  • 2018

    Shine a Light, THE LIFE hostel & bar, Fukuoka, Japan.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Conception Art Show NYC, M1-5 Lounge, Manhattan, NY.

  • BROOKLYN 4 ARTISTS EXHIBITION, BBFL TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan.

  • 2018

    J-Collabo Annual Group Exhibition 2018, J-COLLABO, Brooklyn, NY.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 2014

    School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (Continuing Education Courses)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Ikiru wo Egaku, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY.

  • 2019

    Connection, Brooklyn Beauty / Fashion Labo, Brooklyn, NY.

  • 2018

    Shine a Light, THE LIFE hostel & bar, Fukuoka, Japan.

  • Walk in Beauty, Offshore coffee, Tokyo, Japan.

  • Stay Gold, Fools Gold / music & pub, Fukuoka, Japan.

  • Monthly Solo Show, RYUJIN, Brooklyn, NY.

  • 2017

    METEOLISM, No. 648, Brooklyn, NY.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Conception Art Show NYC, M1-5 Lounge, Manhattan, NY.

  • BROOKLYN 4 ARTISTS EXHIBITION, BBFL TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan.

  • 2018

    J-Collabo Annual Group Exhibition 2018, J-COLLABO, Brooklyn, NY.

  • CONONO FEST 2018, art finder presents / FOKUOKA-LONDON-BROOKLYN

  • 5th Annual Holiday Group Art Show, Art on A Gallery, New York, NY.

  • 2017

    People’s Choice Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

  • Emergence, The Living Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.