Picking up threads of the handmade in our impersonal digital era, Kenji Nakayama, Amy Sinbondit and Ben Venom utilize traditional craft techniques to construct objects that communicate in nontraditional ways: through symbols, through typography and through gestures. These three artists stem from different traditions, each with a long history, each with a unique vocabulary, each with a self-contained community of practice. These communities are often closed, accessible only to those who speak an almost secret dialect of ceramics, quilting or sign-painting.

April 9 - August 7, 2016
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street San Francisco CA 94107

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog.

May 29 - July 26, 2015
Twelve21 Gallery
 1121 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803


Opening Reception at noon on Saturday, June 28th. Celebrations will continue directly across the street through 1 am at GHOST Art Lounge.

June 28 - July 26, 2014
 133 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

I am honored to be selected as one of the 2014 jurors.

For more info about Boston Young Contemporaries,
please visit the website



A group exhibition, curated by Scott Chasse

May 9 - June 6, 2014
Calico Brooklyn Gallery
67 West St., #206
Brooklyn, NY 11211

other related links


My first major solo exhibition in Boston.

This show is curated by Kristen Wawruck
co-organized by Kristen Wawruck & Oliver Mak.
This show is generously sponsored by Converse Inc

April 14 - May 18, 2014
Fourth Wall Project
132 Brookline Ave 

american craft/April May Issue
article "Sign Language" featured
article written by Danielle Maestretti
portrait by Cary Wolinsky
click here to read full article
and here are more photos from the photo shoot, all the photos were taken by Cary & Yari Wolinsky 

Its Virtue Is Immense
A group exhibition, curated by Meredith Kasabian of Best Dressed Signs.

March 14 - April 25, 2014
145 Pearl St. #4 Boston, MA. 02110.
related articles

Converse Wall to Wall
Converse Inc. gave me an opportunity to paint mural for Converse Wall to Wall project, and this is what I did.
And thanks to Caleb Neelon for his entire help, and Fringe Union to make things easier for me.  
Here is back cover of Juxtapoz Magazine February 2014 Issue. 

And more photos can be seen here.

A group exhibition, one of my stencil work on paper is in the show.

January 4 - February 22, 2014
133 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
related articles
Lois Stavsky. “Sur-Real” Street Art NYC (Jan. 2014)    

New End Market
A group exhibition, a repurposed object is fewatured

Sep 20 - 29, 2013
Gallery Common


Escape Velocity
A group exhibition, showing a collaborative work with Dana Woulfe.

DEC 15TH 2012 TO JAN 26TH 2013

Mirus Gallery


JUXTAPOZ/August 2012 Issue

Article written by Caleb Neelon 
Portrait by Josh Falk

click here to read full article.

Too Far Gone
2 person show with Dana Woulfe

Through July 5th to July 28th

19 NW 5TH Ave. SUITE 204

for more info, visit gallery website

On View in the Four Seasons Restaurant

Kenji Nakayama on view in the private dining rooms at
The Four Seasons Restaurant
99 East 52nd Street, NYC

Woodward Gallery is currently featuring Kenji Nakayama's photorealistic, hand-cut stencil and enamel paintings in the private dining rooms at the historic Four Seasons Restaurant.

For more info, visit  WOODWARD GALLERY 

(updated on 4/8/12)
Opening Reception:

Saturday May 5th

Through May 5th to July 7th


133 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Brother From Another Mother Pt.2

Through April 6th to May 4th


After the successful debut of “Brother From Another Mother” at Lot F Gallery in 2011, Boston-based artists Dana Woulfe and Kenji Nakayama are back with a follow-up, joint exhibition this April. Brother From Another Mother Pt. 2, opens on Friday, April 6th and will feature the duo's recent collaborative and solo paintings. The artists, who are studio mates at South Boston's Distillery artists complex, are also members of the artist collaborative, Project SF. This show will juxtapose their divergent styles, highlighting Dana’s abstract work and Kenji’s precise and sometimes representational compositions.

for more info, visit  Lot F Gallery 

Other Press
Promo Video

The May's Lane Street Art Project (updated on 5/5/11)

Through 4 February to 25 March 2012


Gosford Regional Gallery

36 Webb Street, East Gosford, NSW 2250



An American Language 
(updated on 12/28/11)

January 14th 2012 - February 4th 2012 
Participating Artists
Mike Myer, Derek McDonald, Dusty Madsen, Gary Martin, Josh Luke, Gary Green, Greg Jones, Sean Starr, Larry White, $erge, Kenji Nakayama, Bob Dewherst and more to come

Guerrero Gallery

2700 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Related Links
 San Francisco Art Beat 
Lisa Turvey. “An American Language”/Reviews, ARTFORUM. (Mar. 2013)    

Rather Unique 
(updated on 12/28/11)

Opening Reception:
Saturday January 7th


133 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
or more info,
visit the Website

(updated on 12/12/11)

A Rum Bottle that I pinstriped for Phidias Gold's Distillation Show is now available through their website.

Pre-Vinylite Society Art Show (updated on 10/24/11)

This unique art show features sign artists and lettering enthusiasts from across the nation who are associated with the Pre-Vinylite Society, a loose network of like-minded letter junkies. 
Curated by Joshua Luke of Best Dressed Sign
This event is 21+

Saturday November 12

Orchard Skateshop

156 Harvard Ave.
Allston, MA
for more info,
Visit PVS facebook page 

MOM & POPism (updated on 8/22/11)

Collaboration work with my fellow artist Ryan Lombardi is featured in this new book "MOM&POPism" from James&Karla.
New York City store fronts have never looked better. Photographers James and Karla Murray reinterpret the shops from their bestselling book Store Front - The Disappearing Face of New York with the help of top street and graffiti artists. These time-worn institutions were reproduced at close to life-size scale and then painted over by artists such as Blanco, Lady Pink, Zoltron, Dave Cooper and Billi Kid during an art installation presented by Gawker Artists on the Gawker Media roof, with the NYC skyline as its backdrop. This unique exhibition has been immortalized in the form of a playful accordion-fold board book that can be arranged to display a unique street view display of store fronts. The book documents the completed artwork, but also includes interviews with the artists and a fascinating look at the works in progress. In addition, the Murrays share the story behind the massive project and explain their concept. Mom & Popism is the perfect souvenir of NYC.      
This Book is also available through Amazon

Bank of America Exhibition (updated on 7/8/11)

My new stencil work "Clouded Vision" is now on view at the Bank of America, Soho, 589 Broadway, NYC.

Urban AdvenTours Truck(updated on 6/28/11)

Dana and I got commissioned to paint the Urban AdvenTours' truck.
If you are in Boston, I'm sure some of you may bump into this truck in the City, but if not, Dana has some photos of our painting process(from the beginning to the end)  and also some detail shots on his website, and you can at least have better idea about what the truck looks like after we painted.   
The truck is all hand painted, no vinyl used.


May Lane Street Art Project at Samtag Museum
(updated on 6/12/11)

Lecture Videos posted some video footage from the current exhibition and some behind the scene process, the video also includes an interview with Tug Balog of May's Lane Project, who has been working on this project since 2005 and made this amazing event happen, also there are interviews with some other participating artists and gallerist.

Click the image next to see the full article and the video

Also, I found someone posting great pictures of my panel piece for the May's Project, click here to see the photos.

Project SF installation for Bodega x Nike 5 yrs Annive
(updated on 5/27/11)

Good time painting with Project SF Crew, Dana Woulfe, Josh Falk, Fish McGill, Mister Never, Ryan Lombardi, and Square for Bodega's new Nike collaboration sneaker release ... 

Here are some photos posted on Curated Mag

Thanks Jeff!

Also Dana has some great photos on his site.

And here is a video footage of our process which was filmed and created by Kerry Simon.

Thanks Kerry and Dana!

Stoked on Spring 4th Annual (updated on 5/16/11)

I got to paint a skate board for the Stoked on Spring 4th Annual through Woodward Gallery and here is the deck I painted. Also there are artwork from friends artists Darkcloud, Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, and Moody are going to be auctioned in this event. 

Wednesday 25 May 2011
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM VIP HOUR

443W 18th St New York, NY10011
Between 9th & 10th Ave

other press:
Stoked On Spring Promo
Living Proof Magazine
NY Daily News

The May's Lane Street Art Project (updated on 5/5/11)

Through Friday 13 May 2011 to Friday 01 July 2011



Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

55 North Terrace Adelaide 5000
Adelaide Precinct
South Australia

for more info

other press:
Arts Planner


NEW WORK, NEW WEBSITE (updated on 4/29/11)

Finally my website is back, and here is my new work...

 "Clouded Vision"(2011)

hand cut multi layer stencil with spray paint, acrylic on wood panel, 4' x 10'

Thank you for checking my new website.