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Kenji Nakayama was born in Tomokomai on the island of Hokkaido, Japan in 1979. A mechanical engineer by education, Kenji made a significant life change in 2004 with a move to Boston, Massachusetts to study traditional sign painting and to dedicate his time and energy to art-making. Kenji’s diverse practice ranges from careful pinstriping and gilded lettering to hand-cut, multi-layered stencil paintings. Each intricately carved stencil painting is a unique manifestation of documenting and responding to the environment surrounding him, and often takes months to complete. His work serves as a personal diary of experience and influence, and his process can be described as a balance between meditation and highly-trained craftsmanship. Music, solitude, humor, motorcycles, and urban decay serve as direct sources of inspiration. from 1998-2002 in Tokyo, and studied traditional sign painting at Butera School of Arts 2004-2006 in Boston. Kenji also works as a footwear designer during the day. He currently lives and works in Boston.
Kenji’s work has been exhibited widely across the US and abroad in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He attended a mechanical institute Dana Woulfe grew up in Rhode Island where he learned to practice and appreciate art at a young age from his grandmother Elizabeth Jehan. After graduating from high school, where he did everything from develop film in the darkroom to sculpt a self portrait, he attended Massachusetts College of Art to pursue his love of creating. While attending college he became interested in the local graffiti scene and befriended the members of Project SF with whom he went on to build a successful artist collective, showing work and creating installation pieces for a diverse group of events and clients. Now, when Woulfe isn’t painting with Project SF, he works out of his studio in The Distillery in South Boston, MA which he shares with friend and collaborator Kenji Nakayama.