Daisuke Nakayama

Daisuke Nakayama is a painter and sculptor whose works can be read as an exploration of human communication in an age of information technology. The use of numbers in his paintings and the motif of antennas may relate to the data streams in which we are immersed today. His paintings and sculptures show the complex relationships that result when human beings and information flow together.

Nakayama studied at the Musashino Fine Art University in Tokyo from 1988-1990. In 1997, Nakayama received a grant of the Blanchette H. Rockefeller Fellowship Program from Asian Cultural Council and joined the International Studio Program, New York. In 2000, he received a grant from the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for artists to study in New York and he spent another year at the International Studio Program in New York. Nakayama currently lives and works in Tokyo.

Selected exhibitions include: in 1998, a group exhibition “Pop Surrealism” at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, Connecticut) and a solo exhibition “Under the Table” at the Deitch Projects (New York); in 2000, a group exhibition “Man and Space” at the Kwangju Biennale (Kwangju, Korea); in 2002, a solo exhibition “Daisuke Nakayama: Drawing 2002” at the Rare Gallery (New York); in 2004, a solo exhibition “Doze” at the Kodama Gallery (Tokyo), a group exhibition “DIVINE HEROES. Sport, Kult und Kunst” at the Minoriten Galerien (Graz, Austria), and a group exhibition “VOCA The Vision of Contemporary Art” (Tokyo); in 2005, a solo exhibition “Smells Like Rainbow” at the Sculpture Garden Museum Vangi Museo (Shizuoka, Japan); in 2006, a solo exhibition “Beyond the Door” at the ARTLAND Gallery (Marugame, Japan); and in 2007, a group exhibition “From a World as Large as Life” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo).

Speaking about his art, Nakayama has opined: “I don’t feel I fit in with other Asian art. It’s a fact so it can’t be helped, but I guess my sensibility as someone raised in Japan from the 70s to the 90s is close to a Western, particularly an American, sensibility.”