NAGA is an illustrator and graphic designer residing in Tokyo, born in Ibaraki, Japan. He also loves skateboarding. While working at a “sento” (public onsen in local town in Japan) at the age of 25, he became interested in Edo culture. Inspired, he began drawing his original illustrations and artwork, mixing street culture with ukiyo-e. Look closely and you'll find numerous unique details in his original characters and artwork. All of his artwork is created through his pure love and respect for street culture and the Edo era.
July 2012 Solo exhibition at ARGUMENT skate shop, Tokyo
Jan 2013 “sim” group exhibition at Kojimachi-Gallery, Tokyo.
Jan 2014 Solo exhibition at Tokyo International Forum
March 2015 Collaboration with apparel store “niko and ... TOKYO” in
2015- LOFT started to sell his art in Shibuya, Tokyo.
March 2016 One-month exhibition at Nihon-Bashi Mitsukoshi.
Appearing at LOFT Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, etc.
Masahi was born in Hiroshima in 1975, grew up at Hiroshima, and now lives and works in Nagoya.
He creates diverse posters, maps, wall paintings for shops and restaurants, advertisement boards and illustrations, notably for Japanese television. Lately Masashi Anraku has began to paint some pictures in a more artistic manner. His favorite theme is the “nostalgic Japan” from the beginning of the 20th century depicted with humor.
Ukiyo-e, or ukiyo-ye (浮世絵, Japanese: [u.ki.jo.e], "pictures of the floating world"), is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. It was aimed at the prosperous merchant class in the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867). Amongst the popular themes were depictions of beautiful women; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica.
NO. ZOO is a collection of number animals that have evolved and transformed from humble numbers. Our characters want nothing more than to make you happy. Just like humans, our number characters can not live alone. They form families and communities.Also, just like humans, where there is such a diversity of life, problems and strife is inevitable.
Meaning of NO.ZOO. "No." being an abbreviation for numbers and "Zoo" being a place with a variety of animals!