Nakagawa Mamoru Japanese, Living National Treasures, b. 1947

Nakagawa Mamoru, recognized for his outstanding mastery of zōgan (metal-inlay), was designated a Living National Treasure in 2004 at the age of 56, the second youngest in history. Nakagawa has been a seminal figure in revitalizing metal-inlay as an important genre of decorative arts in Japan since it’s decline during the Meiji Restoration period. He has enlivened the traditionally monotone realm of metal casting with an unprecedented palette of colors.
Selected Exhibitions 
2013 – 2018 Asia Week | New York, US
2017 The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition | Japan
2016 Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition | Wako, Tokyo, Japan
1988 – 2013 The Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition | Tokyo, Japan
2009 – 2013 Onishi Gallery | New York,US
2008 SOFA | New York, US

Selected Public Collections 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York 

The British Museum | London,

Victoria and Albert Museum | London 

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art | Kanazawa

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art | Kanazawa

Jingu Museum | Ise