An associate professor at Cal State Fullerton and a visiting faculty at UCLA, Nobu himself is a conglomeration of cultural influence. Born in Nagoya, Japan (1974), he received his B.F.A. at Kansas City Art Institute (MI) and his M.F.A at Arizona State University (AZ). Currently residing in Brea (CA).
Living in a melting pot of imported cultures and stimulants, my perception of aesthetic, value and self has become blurry. My work is an exploration about the blurry boundaries between reality and representation. My studio practice goes through different contexts but there is a common unifying thread that has to do with reality, illusion, facade and objects to cast a notion of hybridity. Contemporary popular culture not only reflects the attitudes and concerns of the present but also provides a link to the past. Many of the contemporary culture themes and styles of presentation can be traced to traditional art forms. I am interested in balancing unexpected juxtapositions with fluid to present my identity within the hybrid culture.
born in Nagoya, Japan 1974
MFA 2002 Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
BFA 1999 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO