Intricate Paper Cutouts by Kirie Artist Akira Nagaya
Akira Nagaya, a self-taught Japenese Kirie (literally “cut paper” in Japanese) artist has spent the past 30 years of his life learning one of the most ancient and beautiful arts in the world. It requires patience, and brilliance, but most importantly… a willingness to endure years of paper cuts! But what he creates though is nothing short of the brilliance you’d expect from a true master.
When Akira first started as a sushi chef over 30 years ago, he first learned the art of delicate paper cutting through food preparation.
Later, this 47 year old would eventually open his own restaurant and even decorate the walls with his creations.
Amazingly enough, TV crews eventually showed up to learn about this amazing art and Akira’s work spread even further than he could ever imagine. “That was the first time I even considered what I had been doing as art,” recalls Nagaya.
If you’d like to see more of Akira’s beautiful work, head over to his Facebook page.