Tomoe Nakamura

Tomoe Nakamura

Minamikawachi-gun, Osaka, Japan

About Tomoe Nakamura

Artist Statement

Tomoe Nakamura was born in 1967 in Osaka Japan.

She is a visual artist, and photographer. Nakamura is currently living in Osaka, Japan. She got thyroid sickness when she was 19, so she had to quit her first university in Osaka majoring literary art. After that she sought to find what she could do with her condition, and she studied film, photography, literature and art at different schools both in Japan and the US. She also traveled in Asian countries and North America and take photographs. She sent photos to different competitions and won some awards in Japan as well as merit scholarships from US schools. She finally obtained BFA in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco USA in 2010. She is interested in painting, mixed media, collage, recycled art, as well as taking travel photography and writing travel essay. Her themes relate to city scenes, travel, still life, and awareness of peace and ecology.

Her mother was an English tutor teaching English at home, so she learned about different cultures and languages since she was young. She has visited the U.S. continuously since 1979. And she stayed with family during the school summer in Korea at her 10 and North Dakota USA at her 12. She has kept traveling in the world since then as though she got a habit of traveling. She developed international and liberal mind, which has influenced by western culture. Even though some of her art are related to Japanese culture and scenes, her frankness and directness of the concept are more like western, or other countries in the world, as opposed to ambiguity of Japanese art and people.


Selected Education
2005 - Dec, 2010 BFA Fine Art, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2002 – 2003 Interdisciplinary, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2002 Fine Art in Photography, The College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2001 Photography, Fine Art, Academy of University, San Francisco, CA
2000 Summer Schlorship, Academy of University, San Francisco, CA
1990-93 Studied at Santa Monica College, Chapman University, CA.
1986 - 1987 Osaka University of Arts, Literary Arts, Osaka, Japan


2014 Art & Handmade bazaar Vol. 15
2014 Cafe Earth event
2011 Art Benefit For Japan, San Francisco, CA, USA


Group Exhibition
2015 New Arts Prospect from Japan, Ashok Jain Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Pop Japan, Me & Art gallery, Sydney, Australia
2014 "Artist Without Borders" international mail art exhibition "Water"
2013 Art & Craft Fair Soho Art Gallery, Osaka Japan
2013 Younite Tour Aiken Center for the Art, different places
2012 6x6x2012, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
2012 Layers, The Brick Lane Gallery, London England
2011 Aka Marche, Contemporary Art Space Osaka (CASO), Osaka Japan
2011 2nd International Mail Art Exhibition of Indonesia. Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
2011 Postcard show, art space 'Aband', Osaka, Japan
2009 International Mail Art Exhibition of Indonesia, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
2006 White Salmon Art Walk, Along Jewett Boulevard, Roz Gallery, White Salmon, WA

Open Studio
2003 San Francisco Open Studio