Nissan Art Award


  • Finalist Top
  • Motoyuki Daifu
  • Hikaru Fujii
  • Takashi Ishida
  • Yuichiro Tamura
  • Nami Yokoyama
Nami Yokoyama
Nami Yokoyama

Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1986, Nami Yokoyama resides in Ibaraki Prefecture. She completed postgraduate studies in oil painting and printing at Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts. Her still life paintings deal with seemingly trivial motifs that exist quietly in everyday life, such as chicken bones, used telephone cards, or empty toilet paper rolls. However, on the surface of her work there lingers a certain sadness or strangeness. Major exhibitions include “Over Again” (KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Tokyo, 2016), “Sky Over II” (Art Lab Aichi, Nagoya, 2016), “The 19th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art” (Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki, 2016), “VOCA 2015: New Perspectives on Contemporary Art” (Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2015), and “Reaching for the Real” (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2014). She was awarded the Encouragement Prize at the 8th Kinutani Koji Award (2016).

Artist's comment

I have been painting for 13 years. Over these past 7 years I have concentrated on still life paintings. The method I pursue of painting still life in oils is a traditional rather than new form. As such, it is a great honor to be selected as a finalist for this award. I always work while conscious not only of the problems present in the painting itself but also the idea of reinterpreting beauty and the value of things through an artwork. I am very glad that many people will see my art at the exhibition. I feel grateful and encouraged by this opportunity.

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