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Takeshi Nakayoshi

Faith in painting is what my life is all about. I follow modernism in a search for and development of my own originality, and I pursue the development of technical skills to support the expression of that originality. Realization must precede the act of painting in terms of how and what to paint. My resolution is to concentrate on oil and canvas, immersing myself in the interaction of paint and other fluids, the texture of the canvas, media and finish, and the phenomena of pigmentation.


 In the process, I have been particularly inspired by the works of Matisse, Motherwell and Diebenkorn, and strongly influenced by Latin American color and texture, which has evolved in my work through the modernist device of reduced color and form. My strongest quality derives from the translucency of primary colors fused with natural tones, as well as the creation of geometric devices to supply reason and the ability for cutting into empty space.


 I have learned that in order to arrive at originality and proper balance, I must eliminate things taken for granted, and make drastic simplifications to come up with an object of unmistakable new direction. The mystery of expression requires constant rejuvenation in respect to tradition, especially to the past masters of fine art spirit.


                                                                                    Takeshi Nakayoshi

                                                        March 2009

Takeshi Nakayoshi CV

Born:  1952 Osaka, Japan

Education:  San Francisco Art Institute, BFA 1977, MFA 1982

Home:  San Francisco, California


Selected Solo Shows:

“Collidism” 555 California Street, San Francisco, California

(ground floor of former Bank of America Headquarters) 2009

Chroma Art Design, San Francisco, California   2008

Citibank Building Headquarters, San Francisco, California   2007

Oakland Museum of California Collectors Gallery (3 man show), 2007

Maru Sankaku Shikaku Gallery, Kyoto, Japan   2003

Lantham Square Building, Oakland, California 2002

Adapt Gallery, Berkeley, California   2000 & 2001

Editions Limited Gallery, San Francisco, California 1997

Ebert Gallery, San Francisco, California 1996

1879 Gallery, Belmont, California 1995

Studio One Gallery, Oakland, California 1993

Dot Gallery, Kyoto, Japan 1983


Selected Group Shows:

Chroma Art DesignBay Area Abstract Art - A Contrast in Styles” 2010 (this show received a “Don’t Miss” designation from Kenneth Baker, the lead art critic of the San Francisco Chronicle)

Chroma Art DesignBay Area Figurative Art - A Contrast in Styles2010

Chroma Art Design “The Second Tranche” 2009

Chroma Art Design “Six Modernists” 2009

Dolby-Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco

Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey CA

Art Concepts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Gallery Soho, Palm Desert, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Costa Rica

San Francisco Art Institute Group Alumni Exhibit

St. Francisco Hospital Fund Raising Auction, San Francisco

Norwalk Community Technical College Art Gallery, Norwalk CT

Oakland Federal Building

Kobe Earthquake Relief, Diamond & Jewelry Center,

San Francisco

Triton Art Museum, San Jose

Synopsis Corporation, San Jose

Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco

Cadence Corporation, San Jose

Kaiser Center, Oakland, CA

Syntex Corporation, San Jose

Gutai Art Gallery, Nishinomiya, Japan


Selected Permanent Collections:

Adobe Corporation, US Headquarters, San Jose

Alza Corporation, Mountain View

Bank of America, Washington D.C.

Birka-White Law Office, San Francisco

Burns, Doane, Sweckers & Mathis LLP, Redwood Shores

C & C Investment. San Francisco

Cadence Corporation, San Jose

CB Commercial Real Estate, Sacramento

Don Sebastiani & Sons, Sonoma

Fairview Capital, San Francisco

Hale and Dorr Law Firm, Boston, MA

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Irvine, California

Indus Corporation, San Francisco

Loral Western Development, San Jose

Macy’s Union Square, San Francisco

Marcus I. Millichamp, Oregon, Washington DC., New Jersey

MCI Corporation, San Francisco

Mills College, Oakland

mPower, San Francisco

NEC Corporation, US Headquarters, Santa Clara

Nordstrom, Atlanta, GA

Pyramid Technology, San Jose

Rolm Corporation. San Francisco

Saks Fifth Avenue, San Francisco and Texas

Scios Inc., San Francisco

Sedgwick James, San Francisco

SNK (Shin Nippon Kanko) Corporation, San Francisco

Ticor Corporation, San Jose



San Francisco Chronicle “Don’t Miss” designation by Kenneth Baker for last group show at Chroma Art Design in San Francisco 2010

ArtSlant Showcase Winner Award September 2009

American Art Collector, Alcove Books Berkeley, California   2011, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005

Desert Times, Palm Desert, California 2000

Tri-Valley Herald   2003

New York Times   1996

Museo de Art & Deseno Contemporaneo Review,

Costa Rica 1996

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