About the artist

Kazuki Nakahara’s sensitive drawings often show large, abstract and extensive fields of lines.
The parallels, diagonals and soft curves are based on the binary principle of color and emptiness, of being and non-being, 0 and 1. His abstract compositions are reminiscent of technoid structures such as semiconductors, but also of natural phenomena such as cloud formations, while the painterly sequences of strokes applied with colored pencil or charcoal appear almost spontaneous in their lightness.
His work is often reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy, a technique that has a long tradition in Kazuki Nakahara’s home country of Japan and was practiced by his father and grandfather.
Kazuki Nakahara was born in 1980, he has lived in Berlin since 2005 and studied at the Weissensee Art Academy with Prof. Hanns Schimansky.
His drawings have been shown in numerous international exhibitions. In 2020 he was awarded the Egmont Schaefer Prize for Drawing.

Solo Shows

Solo Show, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf
Wind im Weiss, Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
Dem Wind folgen, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf
Lichtungen-Gewichtungen, Gallery Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
Egmont Schaefer Preis für Zeichnung 2020, Galerie Parterre, Berlin
Gallery Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
Appropriating Language #18-///// /////// /////, Galerie Maniere Noire, Berlin
Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
Le Salon Vert, Geneve
Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
Werbeflaeche,”Schrift” curated by Maya Minder, Zurich, Switzerland
Gallery Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
BBK Leipzig e.V, the prize winner exhibition, “Printing as an event 2”, Leipzig
Gallery Inga Kondeyne “Eve Aschheim, Kazuki Nakahara”, Berlin
Q-CLUB “Drawing & Etching” (curated by: Anna Schädlich), Berlin

Grants & Awards

Egmont Schaefer Prize for Drawing, Berliner Kabinett e.V., Berlin
Christine Perthen Prize for etching, Berlinische Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Berlin
The FID Prize International Drawing Contest – finalist, Paris, France
The GASAG Art Award, Nomination, Berlinische Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Berlin
Grant for Oversea Research, Pola Art Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
NOMURA Foundation (Japan)
Mart Stam Prize, Mart Stam Association, Berlin
“Printing as an Event 2” BBK, Leipzig e.V, First Prize, Leipzig
“The 58th KEISEI Exhibition (calligraphy)”, special prize, Tokyo, Japan


Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (Schering Stiftung)
Berlinische Galerie, Museum for Modern Art
Kunstpalast (Graphische Sammlung) Düsseldorf


26. saxon printmaking symposium, Hohenossig
Centre for Recent Drawing, Londn
AFKA-Agentur für Künstleransiedlung Zug, Switzerland
International Jugendakademie Assisi, Italy
DRAW international,drawing research action workshops, Caylus, France


1980 born in Kagawa(Japan), lives and works in Berlin
Yokohama City University, Bachelor of Economics(Japan)
The University of Vienna, history of art(Austria)
The Berlin Weisensee school of art by Prof.Hanns Schimansky, fine art
MFA under Prof. Hanns Schimansky, The Berlin Weisensee school of art

Group Shows

The Corners of the Cloud,  Zeichnungen, Alte Feuerwache, Berlin
Sixpack, Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
World Framed – Zeitgenössische Zeichenkunst der Sammlung Schering Stiftung, Kupferstichkabinett Berlin
Von Blatt zu Blatt – Wege der Zeichnung, Galerie Parterre, Berlin
The Abstract View, Museum Modern Art, Hünfeld
Über die Zeichnung hinaus – Zeitgenössische Zeichnung in Berlin, Zitadelle Spandau – ZAK, Zentrum für Aktuelle Kunst, Berlin
Mai Linie, Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
Drawing Wow, Kunstsäle, Berlin
THE AHH-NESS OF THE THINGS, Bethanien/Projektraum, Berlin
Performance Festival in Beeskow, with Ayaka Azechi, Beeskow, Berlin
Im Kosmos der Zeichnung, curated by Dr. Anne Marie Freybourg, DRK Kliniken Berlin-Westend
Druck_Sache, Gallery Pankow Berlin
8. biennale der zeichnung, Kunstverein Eislingen
Zeichnung der Gegenwart (II), Gallery Parterre Berlin
Maxhausen Gallery of Art, Concordia University Seward, Nebraska, USA
Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2017, Pola Museum Annex, Tokyo
Geradewohl, Toolbox Gallery, Berlin
DRAWING PERFORMANCE Abstraction from Germany and the United States, Gallery Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
Matterial Matters, Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
works on paper, paperworks, Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
works on paper, Junge Kunst, Berlin
Positions Berlin Art Fair 2016, Galerie Inga Kondeyne
26. saxon printmaking symposium, Oper Leipzig(Germany)
Drawing performance, Tug Boat Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Hold the line, please, Halle li, Zurich, Switzerland
The Print7, BBK Leipzig e.V.
Drawing Biennale 2015, Drawing Room, London
Think Tank Lab Triennale, International Festival of Contemporary Drawing”, THE MUSEUM of ARCHITEKTURE in WROCŁAW, Poland
tan line, Drawing Room London (hosted by Tannery Arts London)
FID Drawing Prize, Gallery Catherine Putman, Paris
Paarlauf, Gallery Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
FID Drawing Prize, The Drawaing Box, Tournai, Belgiem
travelling light, curated with Tommaso Gorla, Centre for Recent Drawing, London
Dachwood und Zeichnug, curated by Rieger+Shtein, Marthashof, Berlin
Transition, LIA,Leipzig
ICH UND DU, Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Seitz und Partner, Berlin
3.André Evard-Preis für konkret-konstruktive Kunst, Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl
Reactivate!Art in Public, Zug, Switzerland
Preview Berlin, Galerie Maniere noire, Berlin
Centre for Recent Drawing, London, UK
Leipziger Bookmesse by Manière Noir
DRUCKSACHE 2012, Kommunale Galerie Berlin,
Das Floss, Betahaus Berlin
Gallery Jürgensen, near Hamburg
Mart stam prize 2011, Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin
Light, Color, Line, Spreehoefe, Berlin
Maps and Flags – II. Europäischen Lithografietage 2012, Kunsthaus Munich
Physis, mini Gallery Assisi, Italy
Ernst ist nur am Anfang, Open Stuido, wedding, Berlin
Space Art Award 2012, The New Yorker Hotel, Cologne
Physis, Griechische Kulturstiftung, Berlin
negENTROPY, Fruesorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin
Japanese-German Center Berlin, “Hilfsaktion für Japan”
Uferhallen Berlin “Diploma and Muster Students Exhibition, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee”, Berlin
Theaterhouse Berlin Mitte “Nippon Night” 4xDance and Performance”
Gallery in Turm “Grafikpodium”, Berlin
German Japanese Society Berlin, “Japanische Impressionen II”
island MEDIUM,“DRAWING”(Tokyo)
XVI. International Graphic Triennale Frechen, Frechen
Gallery Fruehsorge,“LONDON-BERLIN” Curated by Andrew Hewish -Centre for Recent Drawing London, Berlin
Gallery Inga Kondeyne,”double click : reloaded”, Berlin
ORTSTERMIN, Manière Noire, Berlin
Spurensuche, Kulturhaus Spandau, Berlin
Gallery Maribel Lopez “Avalanche”, Berlin
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum “The 59th KEISEI Exhibition(calligraphy)”, Tokyo, Japan
BBK Leipzig e.V, Leipziger Bookmesse “Printing as an event 2″, Leipzig
Damen Salon”almost the same, but not quite” curated by Taro Furukata (la-condition-japonaise), Berlin
Uferhallen, “Diploma and Master Students Exhibition 2010 (The Berlin Weissensee School of Art), Berlin
Bethanien, “We are the islands” three days exhibition with 30 artists from Japan, Berlin
Villa Elisabeth “Everybody lerns from disater”, Berlin
Kunsthaus Hamburg, “Ausstellung zum 6. Grafikpreis” Griffelkunst-Gesellschaft e.V.(Hamburg)
Gallery Inga Kondeyne “pencile party”, Berlin
Spiral Garden “ULTRA03” by YUKA CONTEMPORARY, Tokyo, Japan
Spot Gallery “CROSSING THE LINE”, Berlin
Permm Museum of Contemporary Art, Permm, Russia
Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin “Olaf Dahlhaus und Kazuki Nakahara”, Berlin
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum “The 58th KEISEI Exhibition (calligraphy)” , Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Inga Kondeyne “Bleistiftkonzert”, Berlin
Gallery Parterre “Prolog 4”, Berlin
Gallery Parterre “Zeichenklasse Plus(Schimansky)”, Berlin
Gallery Born + Busse “Your Consent, Young Japanese Art”, Leipzig
Wir Gallery “Ishiwata Biennale”, Berlin
The big art exhibition in “Haus der Kunst Muenchen” curated by “muenchener secession”
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum “The 57th KEiSEI Exhibition(calligraphy)”, Tokyo, japan
Gallery Parterre “sen 2008”, Berlin
5. berliner artsalon, Berlin
Gallery Inga Kondeyne “Schwarzweiss”, Berlin
Gallery F92, Berlin
Alibabas Rice, Projectroom Lynarstr.4, Berlin
Europe Creative Centre “Erste Runde”, Berlin
Europe Creative Centre “Berlin Wien”, Berlin
Gallery for young art in “Schauspielhaus Dresden”, Dresden