Tomokazu Matsuyama

Tomokazu Matsuyama(°1976 Gifu) was born in Japan and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute, New York. Matsuyama’s important exhibitions include the Japan Society, New York; the Harvard University, Massachusetts, the Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum, Washington D.C., and Museum of Contemporary Art Museum, Sydney, Australia, among other galleries and institutions.

His works are in the permanent collections of Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, the Royal Family, Dubai, UAE, The Standard Hotel (Andre Balazs Group), the Cosmopolitan Hotel Group, Microsoft Collection and more. In August 2014 he was awarded the Harbour City Gallery Public Art Commission in Hong Kong.

Matsuyama’s work 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.


Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, ‘No Place Like Home’, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Lumine Zero, ‘Same Same, Different’, Tokyo, Japan


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


Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, ‘Somewhere Here’, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, ‘17 Hours’, Sydney, Australia

Gallery Wendi Norris, ‘Come with me’, California, USA


Harbour City, ‘Sky Is The Limit’, Hong Kong, China

Lesley Kehoe Galleries, ‘Out Side Looking In’, Melbourne, Australia


Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, ‘The Standard Rendez-vous’, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Rauchauer Institute at Harvard University, ‘Palimpsest’, Massachusetts, USA


Mark Moore Gallery, ‘New Works’, California, USA

Gallery Wendi Norris, ‘The Future Is Always Bright’, California, USA

Katzen Art Center at American University Museum, ‘Thousand Regards’, Washington DC, USA


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


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


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


Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, ‘Between the Polar’, Chiba, Japan



Dallas Contemporary, ‘Re:define’, Texas, USA

Ramapo College of New Jersey, ‘Forms and Effects: Ukiyo-e to Anime’, New Jersey, USA


Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, ‘Mess in’ With The Masters’, Arizona, USA

Japan Society, ‘Edo-Pop, The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints’, New York, USA

Marianne Boesky Gallery, ‘Changing World Through Art’, New York, USA


Goss Foundation, ‘Re:define’, Texas, USA


Museum of Tibet House, ‘untitled’, New York, USA

Spencer Brownstone Gallery, ‘Joy Ride’, New York, USA

New York Institute of Technology, ‘We Are All One’, New York, USA

Haunch of Venison Gallery, ‘Changing the World Through Art 2’, New York, USA

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition, ‘The Open Day Book Exhibition’, California, USA


Portsmouth Museum of Art, ‘Sugi- PoP! The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art’, Pennsylvania, USA

Frey Norris Gallery, ‘Summer Group Exhibition’, California, USA

Museo De La Cludad De Mexico, ‘DRAW’, Mexico City, Mexico

Haunch of Venison Gallery, ‘Changing the World Through Art’, New York, USA


Aidekman Arts Centre at Tufts University, ‘Lost in Mutation: The Surreal in Contemporary Japanese Art’, Massachusetts, USA

15 Union Square, ‘UNFRAMED 2009’, New York, USA


Frey Norris Gallery, ‘Winter Group Show’, California, USA

Mizuma Art Gallery, ‘Eyes and Curiosity vol. 4’, Tokyo, Japan

Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, ‘Night Watch’, Chiba, Japan

Parco Gallery, ‘Piece of Peace’, Tokyo, Japan


Chelsea Center for the Art, ‘U Can’t Touch This: The New Asian Art, Zone’, New York, USA

Bunkamura Gallery, ‘Bunkamura Art Show/BAS2007’, Tokyo, Japan

M127, ‘Project To Surface’, New York, USA

Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, ‘Natural Drift’, Chiba, Japan


  • Gifu, Japan 1976


  • Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York