Hiroyuki Nakamura

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"backyard campers", October 2009, acrylic on canvas, H 36” x W 60” (91.4cm x 152.4cm)
"the morning after", June 2009, acrylic on paper, H 11.06”x W 17” (28.1cm x 43.2cm)
"how we would not imagine", August 2009, acrylic on canvas, H 42” x W 35” (106.7cm x 88.9cm)
"cowboy (Male) and cowboy (Female)", May 2009, acrylic on paper, diptych – two H 16.94” x W 11.00” (43.0cm x 27.9cm)
"two couples", March 2010, acrylic on paper, H11" x W17" (H43.0cm x W27.9cm)
Artist's Statement

My work takes place in the imaginary proscenium of the Great American West, a place where past
mythologies meet with present realities in unknown and often unacknowledged ways. My art is a quest into
this unknown - a modern day expedition to discover what previous settlers have done and how to recreate
old mythologies for present and future settlers. The cowboys in my paintings are, like myself, outsiders
without any definite home, co-existing with the old and the new like the east and west bends of the
Mississippi River.


Nakamura was born in Japan 1977 and grew up in a small industrial city Hamamatsu until his family
moved to Chicago in 1989. Since then, he has been living in the US. He studied photography at Drexel
University in Philadelphia. He moved to New York City to attend School of Visual Arts in 2000 and received
MFA in 2002. Currently he lives and works in Brooklyn. The recent highlights of his activities are solo
exhibitions at Mehr Gallery and Thierry Goldberg Projects, a group exhibition at Japan Society (NYC), the Bronx
Museum's AIM, Millay Colony residency and SIM residency(Iceland).