Kazuya Sakamoto:

Kazuya Sakamoto: "Spring ephemeral"

2020 3.6 - 4.4

Opening reception: March 6th (fri.) 18:00 – 20:00

©Kazuya Sakamoto
Press Release

Venue: nca | nichido contemporary art
Date: March 6th (fri.) – April 4th (sat.)
Opening hours: Tue. ~ Sat. 11:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Sunday, Monday and National holidays)
Opening reception: March 6th (fri.) 18:00 – 20:00


nca | nichido contemporary art is pleased to present Kazuya Sakamoto’s solo exhibition “Spring ephemeral”.
Through his interest in growing waterweeds inside water-tanks, Sakamoto has observed similarities between such ecosystems and today’s societies, leading him to investigate the inner side of things using plants as his motif.
The variety of species minutely represented, multiplying and breeding on the canvas, seems to be a metaphor of the constant changes required for life to thrive.
This time Sakamoto’s works investigate spring ephemerals, woodland wildflowers that bloom in the early spring for only a few weeks to disappear in summer retreating underground. Sakamoto tries to show aspects such as one’s own internal conflicts, mental state and subconscious by focusing on these flowers doing their best to live and breed thanks to their differently timed life cycle that keeps them away from struggles with other plants.


Kazuya Sakamoto
1985 Born in Tottori, Japan
2012 BFA, Painting, Nagoya University of Art, Aichi, Japan
2014 MFA, Contemporary Arts, Nagoya University of Art, Aichi, Japan
2017-18 Selected for the Agency for Cultural Affairs Program of Overseas Study in Taipei

Main solo exhibitions: “Symbiosis”, galerie nichido Taipei, Taipei (2018) / “Landscape gardening”, Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori (2017) / “Between Breaths”, nca | nichido contemporary art, Tokyo (2016) / ALA Project No9” Kazuya Sakamoto", ART LAB AICHI, Aichi (2012)
Main group exhibitions: "nca new generation project – Sensing Body", nca | nichido contemporary art, Tokyo (2015) / " Fruitfulness - Contemporary Art in Toyokawa”, Toyokawa City Sakuragaoka Museum, Aichi (2015) / "Arts Challenge 2015", Aichi Arts Center, Aichi (2015) / "Some Like It Witty", Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, and others

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