by Kenji Nakayama

"Kenji Nakayama was born in Tomakomai on the island of Hokkaido, Japan in 1979. A mechanical engineer by education, Nakayama made a significant life change in 2004 with a move to Boston, Massachusetts to study traditional sign painting and to dedicate his time and energy to art­making. Nakayama’s diverse practice ranges from careful pinstriping and gilded lettering to hand­cut, multi­layered stencil paintings. Each intricately carved stencil painting is a unique manifestation of documenting and responding to the environment surrounding him, and often takes months to complete. His work serves as a personal diary of experience and influence, and his process can be described as a balance between meditation and highly­trained craftsmanship. Music, solitude, humor, motorcycles, and urban decay serve as direct sources of inspiration.

Nakayama’s work has been exhibited widely across the US and abroad in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He attended a mechanical institute from 1998­2002 in Tokyo, and studied traditional sign painting at Butera School of Arts 2004­2006 in Boston. Nakayama worked as a footwear designer at Converse from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, he began working with the Boston­based sign painting company Best Dressed Signs, in addition to working on independent projects. He currently lives and works in Boston.

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