PERSONA 2017: Kazumasa Nagai


PERSONA 2017: Kazumasa Nagai

29.09 – 05.11.2017

exhibition opening: 29.09 (Friday), 6 PM / free admission

curated by: Anna Grabowska-Konwent


This year’s man of the hour of the PERSONA exhibition series is Kazumasa Nagai, the Japanese graphic designer who began his career in the period of a boom in Japanese design, i.e. at the beginning of the 1950s, the time of such masters as Ikko Tanaka or Yusaku Kamekura. The 88-years old Nagai is the only remaining artist of that generation, and, more importantly, still an active figure in the field. The respect that he enjoys today is not only due to his age, but also his charisma and, above all else, his life-long experience and work of self improvement.


Kazumasa Nagai. Born on April 20, 1929 in Osaka. In 1951 he left the Sculpture Department of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) and started working at advertising department of Daiwa Boseki Co., (producer oftussue). In 1953 he was co-establisher of IkkoTanaka “A Club” in Osaka, he became a member of JAAC. In 1959 together with Yusaku Kamekura, Ryuichi Yamashiro, Ikko Tanaka and the others established design group “Graphic 21”. He participated in founding Nippon Design Center in 1960. Since 1960 he had cooperateted with Nippon Kogaku K.K., Daiwa Security Co., Toyota Motors Sales Co. and Asahi Breweries. Between 1960–1962 he was a lecturer at the Kuwazawa Design School (Kuwazawa Dezain Kenkyujo). He organized joint exhibition “Persona” in 1965 and “Environment” in 1966. In 1966 he won the contest for a graphic sign for the Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo. He is also the author of graphic sign for the World Exposition EXPO ’75 in Okinawa. Between 1975–1986 he was a president of Nippon Design Center. He deals with advertising, industrial design, poster, graphic and editorial design, symbol mark, corporate identity plan. Member of: JAGDA, AGI, Tokyo ADC, Japan Design Committee.