Yuki Nakayama Japanese, b. 1992

Yuki Nakayama is an artist born and raised in Okinawa, Japan. In 2008, she decided to move to New York to pursue her passion for the arts. Graduated from Parsons the New School for Design, she studied interior design where she began exploring spaces of play in the domestic and public environment. As her interest grew to larger scales, she graduated from The Cooper Union, where she studied architecture. Before coming back to Okinawa, she lived in New York for over ten years.


Fascinated by playground architecture, her work is influenced and motivated by its history and urgency. She believes that play is the foundation of being; from the moment you are born, it is our inherit tool for survival. Moving between tangible three dimensional spaces and two dimensional drawings, her interest lays in the spaces that are perhaps lost in translation. Painting came naturally as a medium that bridges the difference. Visualizing new spaces within the gaps of architectural representation, her work focuses on the intimacy of play. Gestures of spaces are painted in bold, while the lines carve out details that invite multiple perspectives to viewers. The speckles of colors inhabit these spaces as they highlight each territory. She intends to continue to use painting as a tool to explore the built environment.