Yuta Nawa

Tokyo, Japan

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I paint with acrylic, ink, and Hu powder on traditional Japanese paper forming abstract compositions inspired by Shodo, Japanese calligraphy. I explore spatial relations through the outline and structure of words and the meaning they hold. Drawing inspiration from the AKIRA manga, where Akira creates a four-dimensional world by joining his palms, I want people to realize that everything can be observed from different angles; that there are many facets to one thing. My work is influenced by Japanese culture and life and is often triggered by stories on the news that capture my attention. Using a traditional form of writing–which is considered as “untouchable,” in my country–I invite the viewers to pause and reflect upon sensitive topics through my own interpretation of the medium.
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ag_artist_statement : “Most of my works are based on Japanese calligraphy called Shodo(書道). Shodo is often defined as beauty of lines, and painterʼs soul lives on the lines. Being a very weak child growing up, I often went through life and death situation. Based on what I went through, I wish to create art works that holds the new values with Shodo.”
ag_biography : EDUCATION 2009-2011 Kuwasawa Design School Department of Fashion WORK EXPERIENCE 2011-2016 ESTNATION Vistual Marchandiser for Mens 2016-now Training under Sogen Oka 2016 Iwataya Department Live painting 2017-2020 Work displayed at National Art Center, Tokyo 2018 ESTNATION Kyoto, Kobe pop up event ISETAN Department pop up event TATRAS Aoyama Pop up event 2019 MUVEIL pop up event at Barneys New York Japan 2020-2021 Work displayed at Hida Takayama Hotel AWARD 2011 - Kuwasawa Design Graduation Award 2016 - Mainichi News Paper Shodo Award 2021 - Nominated for a member of ArtSticker
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The work of Yuta Nawa is often triggered by current events. Nawa focuses on social events, and when a story captures his attention, he is inspired to create. Nawa was born and raised in Japan, and Japanese life and culture is embedded within his work. Nawa learned the calligraphy style Shodo, for example, which he utilizes in his often-monochromatic compositions. Nawa frequently employs acrylic, ink, and Hu powder on traditional Japanese paper to synthesize his Japanese roots with his artistic talent.

In his spare time, Nawa takes in concerts, theater, and the classical Japanese dramatic art of kabuki. He grew up in a family of designers: his father was a graphic designer and his mother a fashion designer. His artistic process has grown organically since he was young, and has simplified over time. Nawa prefers uncomplicated forms, leaning into the possibility of line and straightforward color. He blazes his own path forward, untethered by any single artistic movement or inspiration. Nawa is a member of the Souju Shodo and Dokuritsu Shojindan artist organizations, and he had his work displayed at the Tokyo National Art Center from 2017-2021. Nawa’s art provokes the realization that everything has a different angle, that meanings can be multiple and interpretations ambiguous.


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