Kazu Nakagawa

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Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1957, Kazu Nakagawa studied Mathematics and Languages (Japanese and English) at Koishikawa College until1976, before attending Tokyo University of Fisheries, where he completed an advanced Bachelor of Navigation and Engineering with anational award winning thesis in 1981.

The same year, Nakagawa began work as designer for a manufacturer of windsurfing equipment, alternating work with the study of furniture making and graphic design. In 1986, Nakagawa established his first design studio in Chigasaki, Japan, before marrying and relocating to Auckland in 1987, where he settled on Waiheke Island and built the Kazu Nakagawa studio, his residence and place of work for the past 20 years.

In 2000, Nakagawa was awarded the artist residency atChristchurch Polytechnic. Over his career, Nakagawa has participated in numerous group and solo shows throughout New Zealand and Japan and his works are held in public and private collections in NZ (including the public collections of theChristchurch Art Gallery and the Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt), USA, the United Kingdom and Japan.

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