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Kazumasa Nagai | the artist



The artist Kazumasa Nagai
Born 1929, Osaka, Japan.

Style and technique of the artist: Printmakers,

Poster designer. Born in Osaka Prefecture, 1929. In 1951, withdrew from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. After a brief tenure at Daiwabo, in 1960 participated in founding Nippon Design Center, an organization in which he now serves as executive vice president. Since 1994, he has also served as president of JAGDA. In the summers of 1998 and 1999, he held his one-man “LIFE” poster exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the International Design Center NAGOYA.


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When it evolved that my work was included among the three finalists in the last round of screening for the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, I absented myself from the judging venue. I exited the room and plopped myself down on a chair in the corridor, to await the results in solitude. Time seemed to pass eternally slowly, and a profusion of complex feelings crossed my mind…

The artist known for his graphics, captivates with his compositions which are modern, yet also deeply rooted in Japanese tradition. The leitmotif of his creations is the harmony between man, art and nature. His objects combine a sleek and modest beauty.

Starting from his abstract designs through to his current animal series, Mr. Nagai’s works can be divided into three periods. Today he is in the process of forging his fourth period. Having known Mr. Nagai from that initial period, the only way I can describe the abrupt appearance of his animal series is as “momentous.” But not only was it momentous for Mr. Nagai as one designer; it also constituted a mutation within the design world, in the same way that mutations suddenly take place in the natural world…

Works in the MOMA collection.

Kazumasa Nagai is an award winning Japanese designer who has used traditional Japanese artistic styles and values in his work throughout his long career. He communicates his messages using simplicity, elegance, texture and color…