Tomokazu Matsuyama

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Tomokazu Matsuyama (松山智一 Matsuyama Tomokazu, born April 30, 1976, in Takayama, Gifu, Japan) is a Japanese contemporary artist. Matsuyama lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Matsuyama is influenced by a variety of subjects, including Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras,[1] classical Greek and Roman statuary, French Renaissance painting, postwar contemporary art, and the visual language of global, popular culture as embodied by mass-produced commodities.

Education and career[edit]

After graduating Sophia University, Tokyo, Matsuyama moved to New York and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he received his MFA in Communications Design in 2004.

Matsuyama’s important exhibitions include the Reischauer Institute at Harvard University, Massachusetts, the Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum, Washington D.C., Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, the Japan Society, New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and among other galleries and institutions. His work can also be seen in the permanent collections of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Microsoft Collection, the Cosmopolitan Hotel Group (NV), the Royal Family (Dubai, UAE), The Standard Hotel (Andre Balazs Group) and among others. In August 2014, Matsuyama was awarded the Harbour City Gallery Public Art Commission in Hong Kong.

From 2012 to May 2017, Matsuyama was an Adjunct Professor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.





  • Sky is the Limit, Harbour City, Hong Kong
  • Out Side Looking In, Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, Australia


  • Palimpsest, Harvard University, Reischauer Institute, Cambridge, Boston
  • The Standard Rendezvous, Zidoun Gallery, Luxembourg


  • New Works, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Future Is Always Bright, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Thousand Regards, Katzen Art Center, American University Museum, Washington DC


  • East Weets Mest, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY


  • In Case You're Lost, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA


  • Glancing at the Twin Peak, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY


  • Polarize, FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco, CA
  • Between the Polar, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Kashiwa, Chica, Japan


  • Matzu-MTP Expo, Gallery SPEAK FOR, Tokyo, Japan


  1. ^ Joshua Liner Gallery (2017). "Artists: Tomokazu Matsuyama". Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Showing: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – "Somewhere Here" @ Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery". Arrested Motion. November 24, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2017.



External links[edit]

  • ^ "25 Young Painters You Need To Know - Tomokazu Matsuyama". Complex. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  • ^ "The 100 Most Influential Artists Of The Complex Decade - Tomokazu Matsuyama". Complex. Retrieved 2016-02-09.