Koji Nakazono graduated from the oil painting department of Tokyo University of Arts in 2012. His prolific output, celebrated in his first solo exhibition in 2013, includes paintings covered with abstract blocks of color and generous, sensuous brushstrokes that seem to dance across the canvas. Sadly, Nakazono lost his life in a maritime accident in 2015 at the age of 25; a retrospective of his work was held this autumn in Tokyo. His legacy is a great, undisguised passion, expressed in a rich painterly realm brimming with a freewheeling sense of adventure, where the moment is captured in shimmering motifs that jostle between fixed imagery and bustling movement.
Image rights: Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery, © Koji Nakazono