Bio

Tamao Nakayama - Japanese Artist

Tamao Nakayama was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to the U.S. when she was 25 years old. She is still deeply influenced by the Japanese aesthetic, and the belief that ‘less is more’. She is a minimalist abstract artist. She paints and sculpts. She learned art at Santa Rosa College and Palomar College in California. She currently works from Woodbridge, VA. She had exhibited her painting in Hypotheses, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA.

Statement

As a girl growing up in Japan, I found it’s hard to be creative, as the culture was very strict about following rules. We all had to conform, and being different was a problem. I’ll never forget when, in school one day, my teacher painted my hair black because it’s natural color wasn’t acceptable. 

Thus at a young age I came to America to be creative, and stayed. Ironically I’ve found that what Americans like most about my art comes directly from my culture. The Japanese believe that “just because you want to communicate doesn’t mean you should say everything out loud”. And despite my flight from Japan, it is this sentiment which still informs my artistic style.  I try to communicate emotion using a minimum of lines and shapes. I say only that which must be said, and nothing more. Though I’ve run far from Japan, perhaps I am still just writing Haiku.

My signature sculptures are tubular ‘beings’, minimal figures that appear to express their own emotions. Some tell a story, some make people smile; all are playful and  emotionally engaging. The textures and colors are contemporary, yet soft and warm.

I also create two-dimensional art. My most recent experiments have been very large prints of very small paintings. I let paint mix on a tiny surface, then digitize the microscopic textures and expand them into large, colorful compositions. These can then be printed on a variety of media including canvas, transparent film, and fabric.

All in all, my art offers quiet joy at a time when most of us are heavily burdened by stress.

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Education

 

Art Major, Palomar College, CA

2004-2005

Art Major, Ceramic Minior, Santa Rosa Junior College, CA

2001-2004

Exhibitions

 

(Group Exhibition) Hypotheses, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2021

Publications And Reviews

 

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Exhibition Catalog, Alexandria, VA

2021

Target Gallery, Artist Spotlight, Alexandria, VA 

2021

Recognition And Awards

 

Rochester Institute of Technology Trustee scholarship

2004

Rochester Institute of Technology Grant

2004

Savannah College of Art and Design Artist Merit Scholarship

2004

California College of Arts Scholarship

2004

Collections

 

Personal collections, Woodbridge, VA

 

Work History

 

Assistant Designer, The Secret Garden Landscaping, Los Angeles, CA

2010

Assistant Designer/Drafter, Sicola (Furniture Design), Los Angeles, CA

2009

Drafter, Ergo Design Works (Interior Design) / Los Angeles, CA

2006-2008

Contract Drafter, Design X (Architecture), Los Angeles, CA

2005

Intern Designer, Ilan Dei Studio (Home Accessories and Furniture), Venice, CA

2005

Contact

Please email me at artdetama@gmail.com.
Thank you
-Tamao Nakayama