NAOYA Japanese, b. 1958

NAOYA began his artistic career in Japan by assisting his father, Nagae Rokuya, a

major figurative sculptor who worked in wood. Nurturing his creativity in this

familial context, NAOYA soon cultivated his own style and creative concepts,

shaping representational figures out of wood and later bronze and FRP (Fiberglass

Reinforced Plastic) that express his own philosophical worldview.

NAOYA populates the imaginary world that he designs, which he calls

POLYKANTEN, with fairy-like children, animals with human personalities, and

animistic goddesses. The creatures are all related, he says, although each one has

its own reason for being. The monochromatic figures, painted entirely in white and

made of FRP, stare at viewers with curious and blank expressions, begging for

questions about the fantastical worlds they inhabit. Believing in the possibility and

potential of multiple universes, NAOYA creates these characters from another

world to visit with us here on Earth.


Selected Awards and Exhibitions 

2018 Art Miami, FL

2015 Scope Miami Beach, Onishi Gallery

2014 Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, New York

Selected Public Collections

Kawasaki City Museum | Japan 

Seto City Museum | Japan   

Daikanyama DG Building | Japan