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Motomichi Nakamura, Japanese born and graduate from Parsons School of Design in New York, is an award-winning Projection Artist and Animator based in Croton On Hudson, NY. 


His work is known for the use of black, white, and red and he creates monsters with minimalistic graphic elements inspired by Cryptozoology and Mythology. He has exhibited globally in numerous museums and galleries including the New Museum in New York, Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, MARCO in Monterrey Mexico, Olympia Park Munich, Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, La Gaîté Lyrique among others. His animated films have been screened at Sundance Film Festival, Onedotzero Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival and his recent film “Okami” won in The Leeds International Film Festival.


Commercially he has worked on projects for clients such as EA, MTV, USA Networks, and Sony and produced music videos for artists including Nicola Cruz and the Swedish band The Knife which earned him international recognition.


2021     “Monsters Among Us”, NowHere NYC, NY.

2021     “Deep Sea”, Candyland, Stockholm, Sweden

2020     “Giant Salamander”, ZAZ10TS, Times Square, NY

2019     “When night falls”, 150 media stream, Chicago, U.S.

2019     Video Mapping Festival vol.2, Public Installation, Lille, France

2019     Spriten Kunsthall, Solo Exhibition, Skien, Norway

2018     GIAF Governors Island Art Fair, NY

2018     Magic City, Munich, Germany

2017     Paseo Party on Plaza, Public Installation, Taos, U.S.

2016     TCDC, Public Installation, Bangkok, Thailand​

2015     Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico​

2014     Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia

2013     Museo de la Ciudad, Quito, Ecuador

2012     Nuit Blanche, Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, FR

2011     La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France

2011     Centro De Arte Contemporáneo De Quito, Quito, Ecuador

2011     Volksbühne Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2008     Winzavod - Moscow Contemporary Art Center, Russia

2005     Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, U.S.

Live Video Mixing Performances:

2017    Paseo Party on Plaza, Taos, U.S.

2015    Bukruk Urban Art Festival II, Bangkok, Thailand

2015    Linoleum Media Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine

2012    The Cuenca Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador

2011    Vj Op De Dom 2011, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2011    Missing Link Show/Pictoplasma, VOLKSBÜHNE, Berlin, Germany​

2008    Riverbeats Live ‘08, Parramatta Riverbank, Parramatta, Australia

2008    Winzavod - Moscow Contemporary Art Center, Moscow, Russia

2008    Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

2007    MOMA Family Event, Modern Museum of Art, New York, U.S.


2020    AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival, France

2020    Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Stuttgart, Germany

2019    London International Animation Festival, London, UK

2019    Austin Music Video Festival, Austin, U.S.

2019    Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds, UK - Winner

2019    International Moving Film Festival, Abadan, Iran - Semi-Finalist

2019    PIAFF, Paris International Film Festival, Paris, France

2019    SICAF 2019, Seoul, South Korea

2019    Pictoplasma Festival, Berlin, Germany

2016    Linoleum Media Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine

2015    The 12th Sedicicorto, Forli, Italy

2014    37th Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Uppsala, Sweden

2014    Winter Festival, Tate St Ives, London, UK

2014    Holland Animation Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands​

2009    16th Stuttgart International Festival of Animation Film, Germany

2008    San Francisco International Animation Festival, San Francisco, U.S.

2008    Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

2007    Sónar CINEMA 2005, Barcelona, Spain

2006    Onedotzero_10, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America

2004    Sundance Digital Film Festival, Park City, U.S.

2004    New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, U.S.

2002    Sundance Digital Film Festival, Park City, U.S.​​


2020    “Motomichi Nakamura", Diners Magazine Espanol, Spain

2020    “20 Projection Mapping Artists Creating Otherworldly Installations”, ARISTA, U.S.

2014    “Motomichi Nakamura”, Eloquence, Korea

2014    “Motomichi Nakamura, Crypto-Animation”, Roanoke Times, Virginia

2010    “Lamp”, Daz-magazine, Hong Kong

2009    “Video + Visuals”, MONDO dr, UK

2008    “Behind the scenes”, Computer Arts Projects, UK

2008    “Linoleum Experimental Animation Festival”, Ultro Russia TV, Russia

2008    “Who cares about graphic design history?”, eye, UK

2007    “Characters”, eye, UK


2010    International Design Year Book, China

2009    Stash DVD vol.62, by Stash Media, Canada

2009    The Visual Dictionary of Illustration, UK

2009    Stash vol.49 (DVD), by Stash Media, Canada

2008    Motion Blur2 (DVD), by Onedotzero, UK

2008    Best Of Submarine Channel(DVD), by Submarine Channel,

            Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2008    Pictoplasma 3, Berlin, Germany

2006    STASH vol.25 (DVD), by Stash Media, Canada

2006    Vjing: Art+Technology of Live Audio/Video, U.S.

Awards and Honors:

2020    Winner - AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival, France

2019    Winner - Music Video category, Leeds International Film Festival, UK

2019    Semi-Finalist - International Moving Film Festival, Abadan, Iran 

2008    Finalist - Music Video category, SXSW, TX, U.S.

2007    Best Music Video, Platform International Animation Festival,

            Portland, U.S.

2006    Guilty Pleasure, Holland Animation Film Festival, Utrecht,

            The Netherlands                            

2006     Kuroda/Uchiyama Award, Adobe Motion Awards, Tokyo, Japan

2001     Distinctive Merit Award New Media, The 80th Art Directors Annual,

            New York, U.S.

Teaching and Workshops:

2016 -  Present  Projection Mapping and Animation

            Part-Time Faculty, The New School, Parsons School of Design, NYC​

2021    Projection Mapping

            Workshop lecturer, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, U.S.​

2014    Character Design

            Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia​

2013    Projection Mapping

            Centro De Arte Contemporáneo De Quito, Quito, Ecuador​


2016    Lecturer on Character Design

           Pictoplasma, New York

2015    Lecturer on Digital Media and Experimental Animation

           Bukruk Urban Art Festival II, Bangkok, Thailand

2015    Lecturer on Media Art and Experimental Animation

           Linoleum Media Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine

2015    Lecturer on Animation and Experimental Animation

           KAeD, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

2014    Lecturer on Character Design and Career for Digital Media Artists

           Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia

2013    Lecturer on Media Art and Animation

           Chilemonos Animation Festival, Santiago, Chile​


Parsons School of Design, New York, BFA Illustration, 1996

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