Acrylic, Color pencil, Gold leaf on Washi paper (Japanese handmade paper) over wood panel.

Approx. 16”x12” (40.5cm x 30.5cm)

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Nakayama‘s PEOPLE series was inspired by the pedestrians of New York City.

Brooklyn-based Japanese artist Masaya Nakayama creates work by wrapping wooden panels with Washi (Japanese handmade paper) followed by “drawing” with a special painters tape. After covering the panels with a mix of acrylic, colored pencil, and gold leaf, Nakayama pulls up the tape to reveal his motif.

The artist’s current body of work details his life in the USA as an immigrant on the path to citizenship. He centers on iconic images with themes representing what the artist equates with American culture through the lens of an artist of color living in New York.

With a new life in the dynamic borough of Brooklyn leading to the artist recently having completed a mural at the headquarters of Brooklyn Brewery, Nakayama developed his unique painting style drawing upon the energy of the city.



Masaya Nakayama was born in 1983. He is a graduate of the Osaka University of Arts, Department of Fine Arts Painting (2005).

Since relocating to the USA he has worked extensively with Brooklyn Brewery, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, producing creative assets such as a mural, the company’s logo for the Japanese market, and product design.

His work has been featured at the Dallas Art Fair (2021); and in solo exhibitions including: "A world on paper", Shibuya Hikarie, 2021 (Tokyo Japan); ”YES” Kitano Kitanagaya, Osaka, Japan; and group exhibitions including: “Brooklyn collected: Artists Next Door”, The Watermark Brooklyn Heights, 2020, (Brooklyn, NY); "Shadow of Olympus", Soil gallery, 2018 (Seattle, WA);"Ode To Spring" Walter Wickiser Gallery, 2018 (New York, NY); "Time difference vol. 3” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 2018 (Tokyo, Japan).