Emiko Nakano studied at the California School of Fine Arts from 1947-51 under Clyfford Still, James Budd Dixon, Edward Corbett, Richard Diebenkorn, Hassel Smith and Elmer Bischoff. Nakano also studied art history at University of California under Laslo Moholoy-Nagy.
From 1951 to 1959 she participated in the San Francisco Art Association oil pianitng, drawing/print, and watercolor annual exhibitions. She won prizes in Women Artists shows held at the San Francisco Museum of art in 1953 and 1956, as well as in the San Francisco Art Association annuals in 1953, 1954, and 1957,
Her paintings and prints were exhibited
widely during the 1950s, including in an important exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1952. Nakano’s work often reflected an abstract approach to landscape painting, in which large blocks of color are orchestrated to convey the sense of space and light. She, along with Ruth Asawa and others, was selected to represent the United States at the 1955 Sao Paulo Biennale.
Selected Group Exhibitions
Staempli Gallery, New York;
San Francisco Art Association Annuals at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1951, 52, 53, 54 and Open Members Exhibition, 1958; San Francisco Woman Artists, 1952,53; Richmond Art Center, 1951, 52, 53; California State Fair, 1951, 52, 53; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1952; San Francisco 6th Art Festival 1952; de Young Museum, 1953; III Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Long Beach Museum of Art; Second West Coast Biennial 1952, Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Stanford University Museum and Art Gallery 1954.