Joel Nakamura

Joel Nakamura is an award-winning commercial and fine artist who considers his work to be visual mythology. Joel’s art can be found in galleries, private collections, some of America’s top magazines and, of course, at Comic-Con.

Known for his unique style, Joel’s paintings are a blend of folk art and sophisticated iconography rendered in a neo-primitive technique. He is chosen for many of his commissions for his knowledge of tribal art, mythology, and for his ability to convey stories and information in an intricate and engaging manner.

Joel’s ability to render humanity in such primal, edgy hues has captured the attention of clients like Time Magazine, US News & World Report, and the Los Angeles Times. His paintings have been in many books and publications, including the opening and closing ceremonies’ programs for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Joel has been profiled in Communication Arts, Step Inside Design, Confetti and Southwest Art magazines. He is proud to be the recipient of over two hundred awards of excellence. Joel’s work is in many private collections, including Wynonna Judd, Chick Corea, and U.S. embassies around the world. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife and children.


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