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 中田一志 Kazushi Nakada

Kazushi Nakada is an artist from a Japanese ceramics family. He has lived and worked in Europe for more than 30 years. His artwork is shown in Europe, Asia, and the US. He also taught and gave lectures at several universities in Europe and Asia as a lecturer and professor. He can be regarded as a "border-less person”. He was born in Japan, studied in the UK, worked in Denmark and Finland. Lately he opened a Shanghai studio.

He is the third generation of a ceramic family. His grandfather, Rokusaburo Nakada(中田六三郎), was a potter of Kiyomizu-yaki, and his father (中田明守)was a prominent ceramist who received the Zuiho Medal (瑞宝単光章受章) from the Japanese government in 2015. Kazushi pursued his own creative endeavors and established careers outside of Japan. However, his working attitude is influenced by Japanese traditional ceramics, spending time in a studio, and hand-making.

The experience of working around the world gave him the opportunity to encounter so many different cultures. Over the years, his interest shifted from material-based creation to art projects that are based on humanities or cultural issues, which are related with the "reality" that he experienced through his life.

Various mediums are used in his project such as ceramics, video, sound, photography in his project, and its outcome also varies. It can be an installation made with porcelain, cute looking glass toy, or a video showing a “pink cat”. They might look unrelated and are not coherent. However, he uses a sense of humanity and sociocultural matters as a unifying element and as a foundation of his creative vision. And it makes his own style of consistency in his work. One of his projects, "My Archaeology," explores one’s ritual experience and episodic memory as art.

He comments "Expressing a social, philosophical, or political question are the main motive to create art projects. It is interesting to explore the whole entity of human beings and what is happening around the world in a period of diversity and pluralism. Art does not help people as medical science does, nor does it offer spiritual support as religions do.But art may make people think, realize, and act"

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Kazushi Nakada

Based in Helsinki Finland and Shanghai China

Member of the Association of Finnish Sculptors

Honorable degree, Ukrainian Ministry of Education,  Academy of Art Lviv, Ukraine

Solo Exhibition

2022   

“Art project, KN-Artoy, Flower monster” 尚合院gallery, Ningbo China 

“Art project, KN-Artoy, Flower monster” 白川gallery, Nanjing China

 

2021

Art project "My archaeology", Art Front Gallery, Tokyo Japan

 

2019

Art project “Pink Copycat” video & photography installation.  Gallery M space, Shanghai China

 

2018

Art project " My Archaeology", Shanghai glass museum, Shanghai China

2006

Kazushi Nakada artwork, Mentzendorff House/gallery, Riga Latvia

 

2004

“Infinity”, The Finnish glass museum, Riihimäki Finland

 

2003

“Wall X”, Outside public installation, Esplanadi, Helsinki light festival, Helsinki Finland

Selected exhibitions

 

2010-2021

 

2021

Group exhibition “665448”, Haapsalu Linna Gallery, Haapsalu Estonia

Group exhibition “Love is more”, Being Art Museum, Shanghai China

 

2020

The online video project, 60day of lockdown, Luxelakes A4 Art Museum, Chengdu China

 

2019           

Group exhibition, Objekti 5, Espoo Finland

International symposium Lviv Academy of Art, Lviv Ukraine

The art project, "Please copy me", Shanghai China            

2017             

Ningbo international art and Glass European/ Asian Conference, Ningbo, China

Vediet' vidiet´, mal'ovat' (sklo ako plátno), gallery Medium, Bratislava Slovakia

To know, To see, To paint (Glass as a Canvas)

2016

International glass symposium Lviv Academy of Art, Lviv Ukraine

2013

Exhibition “Abandoned house” gallery Makslas Banka, Riga Latvia

Exhibition “glass art” gallery Levant Art, Shanghai China

2012

Exhibition “11th International Glass Symposium IGS”,

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Prague Czech Republic

2011

International Glass Symposium Nobý Bor Czech Republic

European glass exhibition Wroclaw railway station gallery, Wroclaw Poland

 

2010

Exhibition “Finnish glass lives” Riihimäki Finland

Exhibition “Glass voice” Latvian Academy of Arts, Riga Latvia

Exhibition “25 years anniversary” Ebeltoft glass museum, Ebeltoft Denmark

2009

Exhibition “Finnish glass art” MUDAM, Luxembourg

2008

Exhibition “Finnish glass art & design”

Industrial Museum, Düsseldorf Germany

Glasmuseum Hentrich, museum kunst palast Dortmund Germany

 

2007

Exhibition “Kolme= San”, Jarvenpää Talo, Jarvenpää Finland

Exhibition “Finnish glass”, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art Istanbul, Turkey

2006

L’art du verre Finlandais, Nancy France

Coburg prize, selected artist, Coburg Germany

International glass symposium “RONA” & Exhibition

“Unknown forms” Lednické Rovne, Slovakia

Exhibition Glass Voice, Latvian applied art museum, Riga Latvia       

2005

Global art glass triennial, Borgholm Sweden

2004

International competition of glass Kanazawa, selected artist, Kanazawa Japan

Exhibition “Works in Bardibukk 2004”, Kaposbar Hungary

Solo exhibition “Infinity”, The Finnish glass museum, Riihimäki Finland

Exhibition “Vetri nel mondo oggi”, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice Italy

2003

Group exhibition “LANDSCAPE, GLASS FROM FINLAND AND

SPAIN”, Espaividre Gallery, Barcelona Spain

Permanent Collection

Being Art Museum, Shanghai China

The Finnish glass museum, Riihimäki Finland                                

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft Denmark.

Susan and Martin Gould, Philadelphia, the US

Kaj Franck Square, Arabianranta, public installation, Helsinki Finland

National Museum of Art Lviv, Lviv Ukraine 

Decorative Art Museum of Prague, Prague Czech Republic

Shanghai glass museum, Shanghai China

Green wave glass museum, Ningbo China

Private collections in Asia, Europe, and the USA

Education

 

1987~1990   

Tokyo Glass Art Institute, postgraduate program, Kawasaki Japan

 

1992~1994     

Royal College of Art, Ceramics and Glass Dept. MA, London England

Working experience

 

1997~2016

Full-time teacher, Senior Lecturer

University of Art and Design Helsinki / Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Faculties.

 

2010~2011

Professor 

Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest Hungary

 

2013 September

Invited artist & lecturer

Rochester Institute of Technology,

College of Image Science and Technology, NY USA 

 

2017 October

Invited Professor

Wroclaw Academy of Arts, Glass dept, Wroclaw Poland

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