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Kouta Nakagawa was born in Niigata,Japan and lived there until the age of 18.He indulged in the world of the stories such as a movie or a novel from early teens and began to describe it with the painting at the age of 17.During his time as a student of the Osaka University of Arts,under the influence of Marc Chagall, he produced fantastic and illusionary pictures with strong narrative aspects.It was a trip about the adventure of the boy and the girl with mysterious scenery described in a color mainly on the blue. In his mid-twenties he became aware of the loss of the sensitivity of the boyhood,and intentionally changed his style. In his latest work,it is hard to find a comprehensible story or concreteness. The most frequent feature in many of his present works is the cold geometry form drawn by an achromatic style created with the acrylic gouache,contrasted by organic materials. He is also inspired by paint peeled off walls, the typical old movie frame noise and the Ian Walton`s works. In addiction,the haiku`s simplicity and its untranslatability gave him a conceptual impact. Kouta Nakagawa`s achromatic style is a symbolic representation of the time flown away. Lately,he is very active and he participated in the group exhibition in New York 2014. He also participated in many exhibitions in Tokyo.