Fugi Nakamizo Biography

Fugi Nakamizo

American born Japan



Fugi (Fuji) Nakamizo, painter, printmaker, craftsperson, and illustrator, was born in Fukuiken, Japan in 1889 but moved to New York City in 1910. In New York, he studied at the Art Students' League, and the Cooper Union Art School, as well as with Joseph Pennell, William de Leftwich Dodge, and Frank Vincent DuMond. The Smithsonian American Art Museum lists him as being active in Branchville and Old Lyme, Connecticut, and New York City.

Nakamizo exhibited in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts annual in 1934 and a solo exhibition of his work was mounted at the Montross Gallery in New York in September 1934. His work was also included in the Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of the Brooklyn Society of Miniature Painters in January 1935, and the Fourteenth International Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels, Drawings and Monotype, at the Art Institute of Chicago in March 1935. In the catalogue for this show, his work is listed under the country, Japan, not the USA. Nakamizo worked on the New York City WPA Federal Art Project in the 1930s and but was detained during World War II at the Japanese American internment camp in Topaz, Utah.

Nakamizo's work often includes birds and he was quoted as saying "I can not help thinking that the life of birds and animals, contrary to the views of human beings, is that of happiness, enjoying the great gifts from Nature." His work is represented in the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Fugi (Fuji) Nakamizo died in New York City in 1950.