What comes after death? This age-old question has been the cornerstone for many artists over the years. Makotu Nakagawa approaches the subject with intimacy, clarity and graphic representation, depicting his father and his body through numerous stages of life, death and the spaces inbetween.


Makotu was born in a rural town in Japan, when his father was 50 years old. For that reason, he grew up feeling the anxiety that father will die in near future. After completing his aesthetics degree, he pursued photography. 

In order to escape from anxiety of death, he kept taking pictures over ten years. Only his father as a subject.



1977 - Kitaibaraki City, Japan.


2001 - Graduated from Keio University, Tokyo Japan.

2005 - Graduated from Tokyo College of Photography, Yokohama, Japan.


2018 - Light Space Time Art  Exhibition Award "Patterns", Special Recognition.

2018 - International Photography Awards "Deeper Perspective" & "People, Family", Honorable Mention.

2018 - Praxis Gallery International Juried Photography Exhibition "The Portrait", Honorable Mention.

2018 - Fusion Art International Online Juried Art Exhibition "4th Annual Figures & Faces", Finalist.

2018 - Linus Galleries International Art Online Exhibition "Where is My Mind?", Selection.

2018 - Manifest Destiny Art Juried Exhibition "The Masks We Wear", Selection.

2018 - Chelsea International Photography Competition, Certificate of Excellence.

2018 - NYC4PA International Juried Photography Exhibition "The Black And White 2018", Juror’s Selection.

2018 - C4FAP International Juried Photography Exhibition "Contemporary Portraiture With Juror Ann", Selection.

2019 - Tokyo International Photo Awards "People, Family", Honorable Mention.

2019 - MWCP International Juried Exhibition, Selection.

2019 - Atlantic Gallery Juried Exhibition "ESCAPE/ISM", Selection.

2019 - Envision Arts Juried Online Exhibition "Black & White", Selection.

2019 - Fine Art Photography Awards "Fine Art", Nominee.

2019 - International Artavita Online Art Contest, Finalist.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018 - Praxis Gallery, "The Portrait", Minneapolis, MN.

2018 - Manifest Destiny Art, "The Masks We Wear", Barcelona. 

2018 - Itsliquid, "Contemporary Venice 2018", Venice.

2019 - C4FAP Gallery The Artery, "Contemporary Portraiture With Juror Ann", Fort Collins, CO.

2019 - MWCP, "2019 Juried Exhibition", Wichita, KS.

2019 - Atlantic Gallery Juried Exhibition "ESCAPE/ISM", New York, NY.

2019 - Itsliquid, "The Body Language Venice 2019", Venice. 

2019 - NYC4PA, "The Black And White 2018", New York, NY.

Other Exhibitions:

2019 - Itsliquid, "Venice International Art Fair 2019", Venice.

2019 - Rossocinabro, Artworks In Residence, Roma.


July  - Contemporary Art Station, "Passeig de Gracia Station", Barcelona.

Aug. - Art Productions NYC "Summer Art Fairs Week New York 2019" New York, NY.

Sept.- Artifact, "Monaco Yacht Show 2019", Monaco.