Tomokazu Matsuyama Japan, b. 1976
“The convenience of our time has made how layered our culture is indefinite. When we see an image, we try to find connections. I accumulate all of this visual dialect and bring it together as though it has meaning, and the viewers make up a story based on their upbringing.”
- Tomokazu Matsuyama
Tomokazu Matsuyama creates work that responds to his own bi-cultural experience of growing up between Japan and America by bringing together aspects of both Eastern and Western aesthetic systems. His practice repositions traditional icons within a broader global context in order to create a distinctive style that resists cultural categorization and embodies what the artist refers to as the “struggle of reckoning the familiar local with the familiar global.” By raising questions of national and individual identity through the formal qualities and subject matter of his paintings, Matsuyama examines the “natural chaos” of our social environments and challenges viewers to confront their own conceptions of cultural homogeneity.
Matsuyama is influenced by a variety of subjects, including Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras, classical Greek and Roman statuary, French Renaissance painting, post-war contemporary art, and the visual language of global, popular culture as embodied by mass-produced commodities.
Matsuyama currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute, New York. Recent exhibitions of Matsuyama's work include Realms of Refuge, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL; Tomokazu Matsuyama: Accountable Nature, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China; Tomokazu Matsuyama: No Place Like Home, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg; Tomokazu Matsuyama: Same Same, Different, Lumine Zero, Tokyo, Japan; Tomokazu Matsuyama: Oh Magic Night, Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong; Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, Japan Society, New York, NY, USA; Tomokazu Matsuyama: Palimpsest, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA; Thousand Regards, Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum, Washington, DC, USA; and Made in 17 hours, Museum of Contemporary Art Museum, Sydney, Australia, among other galleries and institutions. Public displays of Matsuyama's work include a permanent sculpture installation, Shinjuku Station East Square, Tokyo, Japan; public mural installation, Beverly Hills, CA and a permanent sculpture installation, NIKE Japan HQ, Tokyo, Japan. Matsuyama’s works are in the permanent collections of LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA; The Royal Family, Prince of Dubai, UAE; Bank of Sharjah Collection, Dubai, UAE; Microsoft Collection, and more.
Realms of RefugeKavi Gupta | 219 N. Elizabeth St. Chicago, IL 60607 10 Jul - 30 Oct 2021Kavi Gupta is proud to present Realms of Refuge, a group show bringing together for the first time new works by eight of the most dynamic artists working today: Dominic Chambers, Allana Clarke, Basil Kincaid, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Suchitra Mattai, Michi Meko, Devan Shimoyama, and Alisa Sikelianos-Carter.
Tomokazu Matsuyama, Accountable NatureLong Museum | Shanghai, China 11 Nov 2020 - 24 Jan 2021The Long Museum West Bund is pleased to present Accountable Nature, Tomokazu Matsuyama's first solo exhibition in Shanghai, from November 12, 2020 to January 24, 2021. This exhibition will introduce...
FIXED CONTAINED, Curated by Tomokazu MatsuyamaKotaru Nukaga | Tokyo, Japan 20 Apr - 29 Jun 2019KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to present FIXED CONTAINED, a group exhibition of seven international contemporary artists: Brian Alfred, Firelei Báez, Inka Essenhigh, Nir Hod, Tony Matelli, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Carlos...
Tomokazu Matsuyama, Same Same, DifferentLumine Zero | Tokyo, Japan 29 Apr - 6 May 2018Brooklyn-based Tomokazu Matsuyama’s art reflects his bicultural experiences in Japan and America. The work on show here captures “the shared aesthetics of both extremes,” reflecting the masterful use of two-dimensional...
Tomokazu Matsuyama, Oh Magic NightHong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation | Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, China 19 Mar - 4 Sep 2017Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation (HOCA) proudly announces its first landmark exhibition of 2017 “Oh Magic Night”, the inaugural institutional solo-exhibition of Japanese-American artist Tomokazu Matsuyama in Hong Kong. The...
Tomokazu Matsuyama, PalimpsestReischauer Institute of Japanese Studies | Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 1 Sep - 1 Nov 2013In celebration of its 40th anniversary, RIJS hosted an exhibition of paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Tomokazu Matsuyama (b. 1976). Titled “Palimpsest,” after a parchment text that has been washed and...
Tomokazu Matsuyama, Thousand RegardsKatzen Arts Center at American University | Washington, DC 24 Apr - 20 May 2012The Katzen Arts Center celebrated the debut of Tomokazu Matsuyama's first solo museum exhibit, entitled Thousand Regards. This exhibit is in conjunction with the Japanese embassy, to coincide with the...