Nakako Okamoto


1973 Born in Nara Prefecture in Japan


1997  Bachelor of Art in Oil Painting, Aichi Prefectural University of Art and Music, Japan

2004  Master of Art in Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts University of the Arts London, UK

2013  Ph.D. in Media Art, Kyoto City University of Art, Kyoto City, Japan.

Work experiences

2005-2010 A restoration specialist of Toshodai-ji, a Buddhist temple in Japan

2010-2011 An assistant to school committee, the Department of Human Health Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

2013-2014 A project researcher, Graduate School of Art, Kyoto City University of Art, Japan.

2014-now An art teacher of the Asuru, Osaka, Japan

2022-now A project researcher in Kyoto Tachibana University, Japan

2021-now Established the Kaiju Mirai Project – Art, People and community in Sakurai City –



2020 [The Tesla Club: A collaboration by Shin Ikeda and Nakako Okamoto] 2kw gallery, Shiga, Japan

2017 [A journey through a magneto-cosmic land], Nooo Kitty, Osaka, Japan

2014 Nakako Okamoto solo exhibition, Media Studio, Kyoto City University of Art, Kyoto, Japan

2013 Nakako Okamoto solo exhibition, Torary Nand, Osaka, Japan

2011 Nakako Okamoto solo exhibition [ Art and the Brain: The Potential for Hyper-Sanity], Torary Nand, Osaka, Japan

2005 Nakako Okamoto solo exhibition, Torary Project, Osaka, Japan

2005 [One thousand kites project] (Yoshino River, Nara, Japan)

2004 [Absolute Perfection: One thousand kites project] (Wormwood Scrubs Park, London, UK)


2022 [The Kyotentai exhibition], the Kaiju Mirai Project, Nara, Japan

2021 [Ten years after], +1art, Osaka, Japan

2020 [Phenomenological Sketch Exhibition], gallery Haku, Osaka Japan

2013 [Eureka note sketchy], Gallery Yasuda, Osaka, Japan

2012 An experimental work of Neogium magnetic stimulations, Kyoto City University of Art, Kyoto, Japan

2010 [The Artists Resolution Meeting vol.2] , at the vacant store in Soemon-cho, Osaka, Japan

2008 [Chandelier], The Torary Project, Osaka, Japan

2008 [The DOOR], Port Gallery T, Osaka, Japan

2008 [The Torary Project show], Art Fair Tokyo 101,Tokyo, Japan

2007 [The Artists Resolution Meeting vol.1], Creative Center Osaka(Namura Shipbuilding), Osaka, Japan

2006 [The Torary Project show], CASO, Osaka, japan

2005 [Art Project Ideas 2005], Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

2004 [intermission], Space44, London

1997 [Three artists’ show], SpaceX Aichi Art Center, Nagoya, Japan

1995 [Three artists’ show], City gallery, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


2013 [SUMMER ART SCHOOL] Kyoto City University of Art, Kyoto, Japan

2007 [One thousand kites project], Higashiosaka Art Museum, Osaka, Japan

Experimental fieldworks

3rd January 2023, Miho no Matsubara, Japan

15th August 2019, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

13th  August 2019, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

31st December 2018, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Island, Malaysia

31st December 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia

31st December 2017, The Sigiriya Citadel Rock, Sri Lanka

13th August 2017, The statues of Moai, Easter Island/ Rapa Nui, Chilean island

5th May 2017, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

23rd November 2014, Enjyu-gahama, Gobo city, Wakayama, Japan

14th Jan 2014, Atera-no-Nanataki waterfall in Aichi, Japan

13th January 2014, The ravine Nagatoro in Saitama, Japan

12th Jan 2014, The lake Suwa, Nagano, Japan

1st January 2014, Mt.Aso Kusasenri, Kumamoto, Japan

31st December 2013, The port Beppu, Oita, Japan

29th December 2013, Tobe thrust fault, Ehime, Japan

22nd December 2013, The Kino river, Wakayama, Japan

24th November 2013, The cape Irago, Mie, Japan

23rd November 2013, The shrine Ise Jingu, Mie, Japan

4th November 2013, The river Yoshino, Tokushima, Japan

23rd December 2012, Mt.Fuji, Sizuoka, Japan

14th December 2012, Tonomine, Nara, Japan

23rd November 2012, The Bungui pass, Nagano, Japan


2022 17th April – 8th May La Wayaka Current(Guna Yala, Panama)

Scientific researches

2013 Role of the left posterior middle temporal gyrus on artistic creativity in drawing: A study using TMS and functional NIRS(non-peer reviewed)

2010 Role of the left posterior middle temporal gyrus on artistic creativity in drawing(non-peer reviewed)

2009 The effect of sleeplessness on artistic creativity

(All the experiments were held at the Department of Human Health Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan)