Komei Nakatani, an internationally active artist, creates expressionistic works that explode with color and emotion.
Temporarily living in Kamakura, Japan's ancient capital, Nakatani has traveled and painted all over America, Europe and Japan.
He grew up in Japan and the United States. His family moved to California when he was 14 years old. In California, he won 1st Prize in the California High School Art Contest and majored in art at U.C. Santa Cruz. Nakatani also spent two years in the mid-1980's in Spain, France and the Netherlands studying painting. He resided in New York, USA from 1995 to 1998. And also, Nakatani has traveled in West Africa, such as Senegal, Cote D'Ivoire(Ivory Coast) and Nigeria.
This combination of a Japanese background and extensive experience in the U.S. and Europe inspires Nakatani to paint in a contemporary Western style that nevertheless contains unmistakable Asian sensibilities.
In his most recent work, Nakatani has been using vivid and wild mixes of primary colors to evoke natural scenes.
- Kenneth McCallum
1966 Born in Tokyo, Japan
1981 Moved to California, U.S.A.
1984 1st Prize in California High School Art Contest.
1985 University of California, Santa Cruz.(UCSC)
1986-7 Travel and stay in Europe .(Mainly stayed in Spain, France, and The Netherlands)
1993 BA from University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in Art.
Studied under Paul Rangell, Eduardo Carrillo, Patrick Ahearn, Don Weygandt and Fred Hunnicutt.
Traveled to Japan
1995 Moved to New York, U.S.A.
1998 to present Traveling back and forth between U.S.A. and Japan.
Komei Nakatani's paintings are in the collections of Mr. & Mrs. Ross Perot, Jr. of Dallas, Texas. Mr. Victor Ivashin of Santa Rosa, California. Mr. Wayne Fujii of London-Derry, Vermont. Mr. Shoichi Sugiyama of Keller, Texas. Mr. Dominic Yoong of Los Angeles, California, Ikeuchi Art of Tokyo, Mr. Masaro Ueshima of UESHIMA COFFEE CO., LTD., Kobe, Japan.