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.


Tomokazu Matsuyama Accountable Nature, 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 Works, 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, Chiba, Japan


Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of ArtMeiji 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


Mess in’ 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 All 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 Exhibition, Frey 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 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Night Watch, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Chiba, Japan

Piece of Peace, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


U Can’t Touch This: 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, Chiba, Japan


  • Gifu, Japan 1976


  • Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York