Originally from Japan, HIROMI NAKAI completed her professional education at the Wackers Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a private art academy specializing in figurative drawing, painting, and sculpting. She studied under the tutelage of various renowned Dutch artists such as Sam Drukker and Frank Leenhouts.
Hiromi specializes in still life painting. While her work is grounded in art that retains aspects of the actual world, she creates images that reach beyond static versions of reality and purely representational reproductions. By virtue of her own unique approach, she views her subjects through an interpretive lens that adds a certain mystery beyond their practical, quotidian applications.
Hiromi’s brush strokes breathe a life of inner fluidity and a dreamy, impressionistic quality to her work. There is an effect of ethereal softness that evokes both immediate, even nostalgic notions, that speak to both individual and collective memories. Objects are recognizable but with multi-layered aspects that hint at symbolic forms of expression. This approach enhances the inherent interior beauty of an object and does not limit its appeal in a singular or limited manner. She leaves room for the observer to extract their own perceptions by virtue of their unique experience and emotions. She knows that each piece already contains its own history and individuality that it wishes to share with those who witness it in the incarnation Hiromi has envisioned for it.
Hiromi has lived with her family in France since 2000. She resides in the historic town of Tournus, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy. In 2016 she opened her own art gallery in Tournus only steps away from the famed ancient Abbaye Saint Philibert, the former 9th century Benedictine abbey. The area also hosts several Michelin star hotels and restaurants. Tournus is renowned for its beauty and old medieval village and draws many tourists each year. The River Saône runs very close to the town, which is only a short driving distance to Lyon, Dijon, Chalon-sur-Saône, and Geneva, Switzerland affording an ideal location. She welcomes you to visit the gallery where she also hosts several artist receptions annually.
You can see more of Hiromi’s artwork and the work of other artists she exhibits on her gallery website. Customers can search the work of the artists in their individual accounts within the site and have an option to order online. Besides paintings, the gallery also exhibits beautiful ceramics and glass works, and is also developing online courses offered by its artists via Zoom. In addition to her native Japanese, Hiromi speaks English, Dutch, and French. She offers Japanese language lessons online.
Galerie Nakai, Tournus, from 2016
Galerie Lionne de Kaolin, Oingt mai 2011
Galerie Mary-Anne, Mâcon aout 2010
ZING’A’T, Mâcon, octobre 2009
L’ Hivernal de Lyon, Lyon, janvier 2009
Art Tea Party, Uchizy (71) , septembre 2008
Allianz Suisse, Berne, Suisse en 2007
Salon de peinture et sculpture, Tournus (71) en 2006
Allianz Suisse, Berne, Suisse en 2005
Salon de peinture et sculpture, Tournus (71) en 2005
Salon de peinture, Nolay (21) en 2005
Allianz Suisse, Berne, Suisse en 2004