Koji Nakazono was born in 1989 in Kanagawa, and died in July 2015 (at 25 years old). He graduated from the Oil Painting course of Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. In the same year he was selected for “Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2012” and received the Tomio Koyama Award and the Audience Award.
He held solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2013 and at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2014. His major group exhibitions include “Koji Nakazono/ Yuki Hirai” (LOOP HOLE, Tokyo, 2010), “JUMBLE SYM” (Turner Gallery, Tokyo 2010), and “Oi no Ushinbo” (Kudanshita Aterier, Tokyo 2011). His first museum exhibition was The Way of Painting (The Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2014). His works are included in the public collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. In 2016, his works were exhibited at “NEW VISION SAITAMA 5 The Emerging Body” at The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama. In 2017, his works were exhibited at “Japanorama: New Vision of JAPAN from 1970” （Centre Pompidou-Metz, France） and “7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art: Clouds⇄Forests” （New Tretyakov Gallery Moscow, Russia）.
8/ tv documentary video at Koji Nakazono exhibition, 2014
*This video has sounds. Please note the volume may be large.
director : Masaya Suzuki
filmed by : Shintaro Yamanaka
music by : yuichi NAGAO
presented by : Shibuya Hikarie 8/
|2018||"Koji Nakazono: On the Edge—Places I wanted to see " Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan|
|2016||Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo|
|2014||8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo|
|2013||Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
|2017||"Special Project Commemorating the 130th Anniversary of Tokyo University of the Arts" The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
"Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970" Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
"7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art: Clouds⇄Forests" New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
|2016||"NEW VISION SAITAMA 5 The Emerging Body" The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
|2014||"The Way of Painting" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
|2012||"Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2012" Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, Tokyo
"Masanori Tomita / Koji Nakazono" TURNER GALLERY, Tokyo
|2011||“Oi no Ushinbo” Kudanshita Aterier, Tokyo 2011
|2010||"Works in Weird Space" GENBAGEN, Kanagawa
"Koji Nakazono Yuki Hirai" LOOP HOLE, Tokyo
"OXYMORON" Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
"JUMBLE SYM" TURNER GALLERY, Tokyo