Tomokazu Matsuyama

Tomokazu Matsuyama (1976, Born in Gifu, Based in New York) moved to the United States in 2002, after graduating from Sophia University. He received his MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute, New York. Matsuyama’s works include painting, sculpture as well as public art installation and respond to his own bi-cultural experience of growing up between Japan and America by bringing together aspects of both Eastern and Western aesthetic system and reflect the changing modern society in the informatization.
Numerous exhibitions have been held in major cities in the United States such as New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Japan, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Luxemburg, and other galleries, museums, and university facilities around the world. His works are in the permanent collections of LACMA, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Long Museum in China, the Royal Family, Bank of Sharjah Collection, Dubai, UAE, Microsoft Collection and more.
From 2012 to May 2017 he was an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) . In 2020, he designed and supervised the community art space at JR Shinjuku Station East Square and installed 7m-tall sculpture. In 2021, he was featured on NHK’s “Nichiyo Bijutsukan”, Japan’s longest running weekly arts TV program and his international activities and growing profile were well valued.
He currently lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York.

Boom Bye Bye Pain, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tokyo
Tomokazu Matsuyama Accountable Nature, The Long Museum Chongqing, Chongqing, China

Tomokazu Matsuyama Accountable Nature, The Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China

No Place Like Home, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Same Same, Different, Lumine Zero, Tokyo, Japan

Oh Magic Night, Hong Kong Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, China

Somewhere Here, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
17 Hours, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia
Come With Me, Gallery Wendi Norris, California, USA

Sky Is The Limit, Harbour City, Hong Kong, China
Out Side Looking In, Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

The Standard Rendez-vous, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Palimpsest, Rauchauer Institute at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

New Work, Mark Moore Gallery, California, USA
The Future Is Always Bright, Gallery Wendi Norris, California, USA
Thousand Regards, Katzen Art Center at American University Museum, Washington DC, USA

East Weets Mest, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, USA

In Case You’re Lost, Frey Norris Gallery, California, USA

Glancing at the Twin Peak, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, USA

Between the Polar, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan

Nature Morte, The Hole Gallery, New York, USA

Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art, Meiji Jingu, Tokyo, Japan

FIXED CONTAINED, Curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tokyo, Japan

Pardon My Language, Curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Re:define, Dallas Contemporary, Texas, USA
Forms and Effects: Ukiyo-e to Anime, Ramapo College of New Jersey, New Jersey, USA

Messin’ With The Masters, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Arizona, USA
Edo-Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, Japan Society, New York, USA
Changing World Through Art, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA

Re:define, Goss Foundation, Texas, USA

untitled, Museum of Tibet House, New York, USA
Joy Ride, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, USA
We Are One, New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA
Changing the World Through Art 2, Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York, USA
The Open Day Book Exhibition, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition, California, USA

Sugi- PoP! The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA
Summer Group ExhibitionFrey Norris Gallery, California, USA
DRAW, Museo De La Cludad De Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Changing the World Through Art, Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York, USA

Lost in Mutation: The Surreal in Contemporary Japanese Art, Aidekman Arts Centre at Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
UNFRAMED 2009, 15 Union Square, New York, USA

Winter Group Show, Frey Norris Gallery, California, USA
Eyes and Curiosity vol. 4, Mizuma Art Action, Tokyo, Japan
Night Watch, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
Piece of Peace, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

U Can’t Touch Dis: The New Asian Art, Zone, Chelsea Center for the Art, New York, USA
Bunkamura Art Show/BAS2007, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Project To Surface, M127, New York, USA
Natural Drift, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA)
Asian Art Museum (USA)
Microsoft Collection(USA)
Long Museum (China)
The Dubai Royal Family Collection (UAE)
Bank of Sharjah Collection (UAE)
Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park (Australia) 


  • Gifu, Japan 1976


  • Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York