Tomoko NAGAI (b.1982) graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 2006 and currently lives and works in Tokyo. In 2008, she had her first solo exhibition in Project N33 at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, and others have been held in Kyoto, Kagoshima, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, and other cities across the world. Notable exhibitions such as “VOCA 2010” at the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan; “Future Pass – From Asia to the World” (Palazzo Mangilli Valmarana, Venice), “Pathos and Small Narratives” (Gana Art Center, Seoul), etc, and her works belong to the collections of The Franks-Suss Collection, The JAPIGOZZI Collection, Olbricht Collection, and The Zabludowicz Collection.
In scenes of forests or rooms depicted by Tomoko Nagai, many animals, children, and plants of various appearances have become motifs. Breaking the rules of space with her unique sense of spatial and dimensional property, she lays out a piece of painting, as if you are looking at a fantasy-themed stage play. A dazzling array of images are intricately overlapped, just like the richly condensed worlds in fantasy stories. When the audience views each piece of the work, they are also looking at the memories of their fantasy as they experience the sense of drama and melody the painting brings.