Nakanari was born in Taiwan. Originally known for his creation of the "Misfits of Nakanari" and show director for B.B.Birdy's Funny Club series, he expanded his character roster over time. Early in his career, he was one of the pioneers of encouraging and organizing shows in which artists convert their traditional 2-D artwork to 3-D on blank canvas toys. This was well before the current customizing show explosion. Nakanari partnered with numerous artists to bring their creative artwork into reality (2005 - Crossover Show @ Gallery Nucleus/LA and Rotofugi/Chicago; 2007 - Project Vinyl "FX Show Toy" with partners in Me Llamo Jellyfish; 2008 - Technobabble, myplasticheart/NYC; and 2010 - Gibson Guitar "Art Assault" Charity Tour with Dave Quiles). In 2008, Nakanari and Soujohn formed a collaborative new brand called Mai-Hiro. The Mai-Hiro brand focuses on solid character design and illustration.
Nakanari's art style is distinct and comprised of several key elements--including the use of clean graphic lines and shapes and a soft pastel palette framed by contrasting thick, bold black lines. Nakanari prefers to showcase his artwork on canvas using the flat color technique rather than to work with shadows and elaborate shading. Nakanari's Eastern Oriental culture is infused into his artwork. He has also exhibited with other well known artists and brands like Kidrobot, boblbe-e, The Dirtycream, KusoVinyl, CrazyLabel, and has exhibited in America, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Spain.