Mas Nakajima 1948-2018

Mas NakajimaMasahiro Nakajima is an artist living in Oakland, California. He was born in Gifu, Japan in 1948 and received a B.A. from Tokyo University of Agriculture in 1970 . He moved to San Francisco in 1970, earning an A.A. in 1974 from City College of San Francisco and, in 1977, a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work, which includes both sculpture and paintings, was exhibited in multiple shows at the Triangle Gallery in San Francisco. Mas has also been a featured speaker on suiseki art for various organizations.

Mas uses oil spray paint on wood to create both his abstract paintings and his natural stone sculptures. His sculptural style evolved from his interest in the traditional Japanese art of suiseki. Mas was introduced to suiseki by the late Yukikichi “Keiseki” Hirotsu, one of the founders of California suiseki. In his first 10-15 years as a suiseki artist Mas concentrated on making bases for stones following the traditional styles of both California and Japan. Since then he has enjoyed combining his suiseki with his fine art and expanding suiseki into the realm of sculpture.

Mas died in Oakland in September, 2018.


1970 – B.S., Tokyo University of Agriculture

1974 – A.A., City College of San Francisco

1977 – B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute


1978 – California General Contractor’s License

1977-2002 – Owner and Founder of Maruzen Construction


2002, Triangle Gallery, Group Show, “The Japan Show”

2003, Triangle Gallery, Solo Show

2004, Triangle Gallery, Solo Show

2004, Triangle Gallery, Group Show, “WoodWork”

2006, Triangle Gallery, Two Person Show

2006, Triangle Gallery, Group Show, “Recent Work by Gallery Artists”

2007, Triangle Gallery, Group Show, “New Work by Gallery Artists”

2008, Triangle Gallery, Group Show, “Time will Tell”

2015-2016, Oakland Museum of California, Group Show, “UNEARTHED: Found + Made”

2006-2018, Bay Island Bonsai Annual Exhibit, annual Group Show

1982-2018, San Francisco Suiseki Kai, annual Group Show

2017-2018, Redwood Empire Bonsai Exhibit, annual Group Show

Permanent Collections

Oakland Museum of California


2004, Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention, California

2005, Sacramento Bonsai Club, California

2006 International Stone Appreciation Symposium, Pennsylvania


1982-2018, San Francisco Suiseki Kai

2006-2018, California Aiseki Kai

Nodai Alumni Association USA

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