Selected works


Biography

Tomokazu Matsuyama was born in Gifu, Japan in 1976 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute (NY). Matsuyama’s important exhibitions include the Japan Society, New York; the Harvard University, Massachusetts, and 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 work is part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Asian Art Museum San Francisco, Cosmopolitan Hotel Group (NV), the Royal Family (Dubai, UAE), The Standard Hotel (Andre Balazs Group) and Microsoft Collection among others. In August 2014 he was awarded the Harbour City Gallery Public Art Commission in Hong Kong. He was selected to show with HOCA Foundation, Hong Kong (March-April 2017). He was one of the nine new murals of The Wynwood Walls program during Art Basel-Miami 2018 and unveiled the new Houston Bowery Wall in New York in October 2019 as well as a mural in Beverly Hills in 2020. At the occasion of the 2020 Summer Olympic games he will design a permanent public art project (including a large scale sculpture and a floor installation) at Shinjuku station in Tokyo, Japan. In 2020 the artist will unveil another monumental permanent public art project for a new building development adjoining Ivy Station in Culver City, Los Angeles as well as second mural on the very select Bowery Mural in Downtown, Soho, New York.
 
EDUCATION
2002-2004 MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, New York, NY
1996-2000 BA in Management from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

COLLECTIONS
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
Bank of Sharjah, Dubai, UAE
Cosmopolitan Hotel Group, Las Vegas, USA
Dean Collection, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, USA
Levi’s Strauss and Co, Japan
Microsoft Collection, USA
Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park, Melbourne, Australia
The Royal Family, The Prince of Dubai United Arab Emirates, Dubai, UAE
The Royal Family, The Queen of Dubai United Arab Emirates, Dubai, UAE
The Standard Hotel, Andre Balazs Group, New York, USA
Toyota Automobile, USA
 
COMMISSIONS
Nike “LeBron James” project
Nike SportsWear (NSW), Nike’s premium line collaboration
Nike Asia, Hong Kong “CO-Lab” project
TOSHIBA Australia “Made in 17 Hours” project
Levi’s Strauss & Co. “NY Artist Series” project
The Standard Hotel, limited edition “The Standard Hotel Snow Ball”
LeSportsac “Artist in residence” project
Celulian Tower Hotel Group, Tokyo, Jz Brat project
 
 
PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2020 Shinjuku East Square, Tokyo, Japan (24ft tall sculpture and land art installation)
          Meiji Jingu Forest festival of Art, Tokyo, Japan (14 ft wide outdoor sculpture)
2019  Beverly Hills Mural, Canon Drive mural, Beverly Hils, CA
          Bowery Wall Mural, New York, NY
2018 Wynwood Walls, Miami, FLO
2014 Outdoor installation at Harbour City, Hong Kong (from the solo exhibition Sky is the Limit)
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 Accountable Nature, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai
2018 No Place Like Home, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg
         Same, Same, Different, Lumine Zero, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Baby It’s Cold Outside, Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
         Oh Magic Night, HOCA Foundation, Hong Kong
2015 Somewhere Here, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg
         17 Hours, Museum of Contemporary Art Museum, Sydney, Australia
         Come with me, Gallery Wendi Norri, San Francisco, CA
2014 Sky is the Limit, Harbour City, Hong Kong
         Out Side Looking In, Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
2013 Palimpsest, Harvard University, Reischauer Institute, Cambridge, Boston
         The Standard Rendezvous, Zidoun Gallery, Luxembourg
2012 New Works, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
         The Future Is Always Bright, Frey Norris Gallery, San Fransisco, CA
         Thousand Regards, Katzen Art Center, American University Museum, Washington DC
2011 East Weets Mest, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
2010 In Case You're Lost, Frey Norris Gallery, San Fransisco, CA
2009 Glancing at the Twin Peak, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Polarize, FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco, CA
         Between the Polar, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Kashiwa, Chica, Japan
2006 Matzu-MTP Expo, Gallery SPEAK FOR, Tokyo, Japan
2005 Re-Union, Studio K in Tokyo, Japan
         Papiloot, FTC in San Francisco, CA
2004 Nothing In Progress, Reed Space, New York, NY
         Tomokazu Matsuyama, Hankyu Department Gallery, Osaka, Japan
         Asian Aesthetic Consumerism, Levi Strauss Gallery, New York, NY
 
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 The World : From the OKETA COLLECTION, 21st Centuy Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
         We Used To Gather, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI
2019 Poofy Wan Wan, curated by Kathy Grayson, Collaborations, Copenhagen, Denmark
         Fixed Contained, curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama, Korato Nukaga Gallery, Tokyo
2018 The Wynwood Walls, Art Basel-Miami, Miami, USA
      PARDON MY LANGUAGE, curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama, with Wim Delvoye, Carlos Rolón / Dzine, Robert Lazzarini, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Jayson Musson and Alison Elisabeth Taylor, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg
2017 Re:define, Goss Foundation, Dallas, Texas
         Forms and Effects : Ukiyo-e to Anime, Ramapo College, NJ
         Manga and War, Ramapo College, NJ
2013 Messin’ With the Matsers, Mesa Contemorary Arts Center, Arizona, AZ
         Edo-Pop, The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, co-curated with Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Japan Society, New York, NY
         Changing World Through Art, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Re:define, Goss Foundation, Dallas, Texas, TX
         Summer Group Show, Joshua Liner Gallery New York, NY
         untitled, No.1, Randall Scott Projects, Washington D.C
2011 untitled, Museum of Tibet House, New York, NY
         Joy Ride, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY
         We Are All One, New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY
         Changing the World Through Art 2, Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York, NY 
         The Open Day Book Exhibition,  LACE- Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Sugi-PoP!- The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art, Portmouth Museum of Art, New Hampshire, PA
         Summer Group Exhibition, Frey Norris Gallery, San Fransisico, CA
         DRAW, Museo De La Cludad De Mexico, Mexico
         Changing the World Through Art, Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Lost in Mutation: The Surreal in Contemporary Japanese Art, Tufts University, Aidekman Arts Centre, Cambridge, MA
         UNFRAMED 2009, curated by Jane Holzer and Stephan Heighton, 15 Union Square, New York, NY
2008 Winter Group Show, Frey Norris Gallery, San Fransisco, CA
         What’s so Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?, Esso Gallery, New York, NY
         Eyes and Curiosity vol. 4, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
         Night Watch, TSCA, Chiba, Japan
         Locked and Loaded, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
         27th WPA Art Gala, Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington, DC
         Piece of Peace, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Independent Residents, Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
         U Can’t Touch This: The New Asian Art, Zone: Chelsea Center for the Art in New York, NY
         Living Lines, J Flynn Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
         Bunkamura Art Show/BAS2007, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
         Project To Surface, curated by Dreamsomuch, M127 in New York, NY
         The Want 2B Square Show NYC, Skylight Studios, New York, NY
         Natural Drift, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Kashiwa Chiba, Japan
         Winter Faction, Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006 In-You, Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
         Brave-Art, Telus Centre, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
         Beast from the East,Project Gallery, Culver City, CA
2005 Institu, Triple Crown, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Shift, Supreme Trading Gallery, New York, NY
         Street Wise” at Lab 101 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
         Frost Bite, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
         Dream So Much 2, Asian American Arts Center, New York, NY
2003 Art Kites, Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
         Untitled, Start Soma Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002 Untitled, Pratt Institute, New York, NY
         Untitled, KCDC, Brooklyn, NY


PUBLICATIONS
 
2019 The New York Times VOL., CLXIX, 58493, Fine Arts & Exhibitions, Published on October 27
2018 The Nikkei, Published on May 1 Asahi Shimbun-Newspaper, Published on April 26
2013 Howell, David L. Tomokazu Matsuyama: Palympsest. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, MA.
         Shionoiri, Yayoi. Tomokazu Matsuyama: Thousand Regards. Panorama Publishing, Tokyo
2010  Further. Gingko Press, USA, 2010:156-203
          Marx, David. “Dual Citizen, Tomokazu Matsuyama.” Made Of Japan.
          Onitsuka Tiger, UK.
          In Case You're Lost, Tomokazu Matsuyama. Bunka Printing and Publishing, Tokyo.
2009 Shiner, Eric, Alexandra Chang and Kenji Kubota. Tomokazu Matsuyama, Panorama, Tokyo
2007 Ching, Alexandra. Tomokazu Matsuyama: Found Modern Library.
         FIFTY24SF Gallery Books, CA.
2003 Chang, Alexandra and Richard Chang. Dream So Much: 2 Artists Books. Asian American Arts Centre, NY.
 
 
BOOKS AND CATALOGUES
 
2019 Tokyo, Japan. Kotaro Nukaga, “Fixed Contained”. Text by Yuji Akimoto
2018 Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, “No Place Like Home”. Essay by Hollis Goodall
2017 Hong Kong. HOCA Foundation, “Tomokazu Matsuyama, 2017”. Text by Rory Padeken and Lauren Every-Wortman
2016 Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, “Tomokazu Matsuyama: A Floating World Redux, 2016”. Text by Shiner Eric.
2013 Cambridge, MA. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University. “Palympsest”.Text by David L Howell.
         Tokyo, Japan. Panorama Publishing, “Thousand Regards”, 2013. Text by Shionoiri Yayoi.
         New York, NY. Japan Society. Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints. 2013.
2010 Berkeley, CA. Gingko Press, Further. 2010: 156-203.

         Tokyo, Japan. Bunka Printing and Publishing. In Case You're Lost, 2010.
         Tokyo, Japan. Panorama Publishing, Tomokazu Matsuyama, 2010. Texts by Shiner, Eric, Alexandra Chang and Kenji Kubota.
2007 Berkeley, CA. Gingko Press, Found Modern Library, 2007. Text by Alexandra Ching.
 
 
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
2015 “Monde Flottant.”, La Jeudi (October 2015)

         “Entre Est Et Quest.”, Woxx (November 2015)

         “Farbenspiel eines Kosmopolitan.”, Wort (November 2015)
         “Japanisch-amerikanische modern Märchenwelt.”, Tageblatt (December 2015)
         “Pop!”, d’Land (December 2015)
2014 Kim, Jim Yob. “Interview” The Quiet Leaf 1, December 2014
         Jace, Eri. “The Jostling of Classic Art at an Arizona Gallery.” Quiet Lunch, January 14. 
 
2013
“East meets West.” Opus Kulturemagazine, No. 39.
“Edo Pop The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints.” Asian Art, March 2013.
“’Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints’ Exhibition.” nyartbeat.com.
“Entre deux,” WOXX, Luxembourg (2013)
“Endre deux mondes,” Le Quotidien, Luxembourg (2013)
"Tomokazu Matsuyama: Thousand Regards”  artist monograph, Panorama Publishing, Tokyo, written by Yayoi Shionoiri, 2013
 
2012
Magana Lainya, “Tomokazu Matsuyama.” Hi Fructose Magazine-New Contemporary Art,
Volume 24
Jenkina, Mark. “Contemporary Edge, Historic Inspiration” The Washington Post,
Cover, Gallery section, July 13, 2012, USA
Frank, Peter, “Exhibition Review” Huffington Post, Haiku Reviews, June 1, 2012, USA
Harvey, Anthony. “At the Museum” The In Towner, April 2012, Arts Section, USA

2011
“Tomokazu Matsuyama ” A+A Magazine, Issue No.18, 2011 48-49, Spain
“Tokyo Triangle ” Bootcamp Magazine, Volume 7, 2011, Japan

2010
“Interview-Tomokazu Matsuyama, East Meets West ” Elephant Magazine, UK, Autumn 
Marx, David, “Dual Citizen, Tomokazu Matsuyama.” Made Of Japan- 60 year celebration publication from Onitsuka Tiger, UK, (2010)
“Further”, 7 artists catalogue, Gingko Press, 2010 USA, 156-203
“Tomokazu Matsuyama, Interview” Gopher Magazine, 2010 USA, 48-52
“Interview with Tomokazu Matsuyama.” Lowdown Magazine 70 (2010): 152-156
“Value” LDWN Magaine, Berlin, issue 02 (2010)
Takeda, Natane. “Tomokazu Matsuyama, In Case You're Lost.” Exhibition Review
M Magazine, April (2010): 26-31
" In Case You're Lost, Tomokazu Matsuyama”  artist monograph, Japan, Bunka- Printing and Publishing, March 2010
Hammer, Mike. “The Art Scene” Boston Herald Online, Feb 2, 2010, Arts Section,

2009 "Tomokazu Matsuyama”  artist monograph, Panorama, Tokyo, written by  Eric Shiner  Alexandra Chang, and Kenji Kubota, Sep 2009
         " Colaborator: Tomokazu Matsuyama." Antenna magazine: cover/cover story, Spring 2009 Issue , USA , March 2009
 
2008 “Introspective Mélange: Tomokazu Matsuyama.” Newwork Magazine 02 (2008): 3rd story

2007
Pricco, Evan. “The Importance of Synergy in the Work of Matsuyama.” Juxtapoz Magazine 83 (2007): 68-79
Hohle, Maggie Kinser. “Drawings from Life’s History.” Theme Magazine 8 (2007): 34-43
“Interview with Tomokazu Matsuyama.” +81 Magazine 77 (2007): 50-57
“Showstoppers: Matzu-MTP.” Juxtapoz Magazine 77 (2007): 56-57
“Showstoppers: Want2BSquare.” Juxtapoz Magazine 77 (2007): 60-61
Matsuyama, Tomokazu. Tomokazu Matsuyama: Found Modern Library. written by Alexandra
Ching. San Francisco: FIFTY24SF Gallery Books, 2007
“Exhibition Review.” Weekly Pia 3.8, March (2007)
 
2006
“Installation Review: Higher-Planes.” Surface Magazine 65 (2006)
“Interview” Warp Magazine May, (2006)
“Interview: Tomokazu Matsuyama.” Jumbo Hibari Magazine 002
“Between the Two Lines.” Lodown Magazine 50 (2006)
“Exhibition Review.” Art Prostitute Magazine 6 (2006)
 
2005
“Quest in NYC.” Quest Magazine 27 (2005)
Cravens, Angela. “Street Dreamer.” Trace Magazine (2005)
Plumb, Christopher. “Matzu-MTP.” Royal Magazine 6, Fall (2005)
“Second Skin.” Theme Magazine 3 (2005)
“Exhibition Review.” Boon Magazine (2005)
“Exhibition Review.” Hong Kong: City Magazine Spring (2005)
“Exhibition Review.” Relax Magazine January (2005)
“3rd Anniversary Project.” Dazed and Confused Magazine 37, (2005)
Chang, Alexandra. “Infinite Design Ideas.” AM New York, June 21, 2004, Arts Section, New York edition
 
2004 “Interview.” +81 Magazine 24 (2004)

2003
Chang, Alexandra and Richard Chang. Dream So Much 2 Artists Books. New York: Asain American Arts Centre, 2003.
Cotter, Holland. “Art in Review; ‘Dream So Much 2’.” The New York Times December 26, 2003, Arts section, New York edition
“Exhibition Review: Dreamsomuch 2 at Asian American Arts Center.” Shingtao Daily News November 23, 2003, Arts Section, United States edition
“Exhibition Review.” Art Asia Pacific Magazine 38 (2003)
“Persons.” OCS News 29
 



Exhibitions

The Standard Rendez

Preview on Thursday October 3, 2013 from 6pm Exhibition October 4 - November 9, 2013

Somewhere Here

Preview on Wednesday November 18, 2015 from 6pm in presence of the artist Exhibition November 19, 2016 - January 9, 2016

Pardon My Language

Group show curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama With Wim Delvoye, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Robert Lazzarini, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Jayson Musson and Alison Elizabeth Taylor. Preview on Thursday January 18th, 2018 from 6pm in presence of Tomokazu Matsuyama Exhibition January 19 - March 3, 2018.

No place like home

Preview on Thursday September 20, 2018, from 6pm in presence of the artist. Exhibition September 21 - 27 October, 2018

Articles & reviews

Farbenspiel eines Kosmopoliten

Publish on November 26, 2015 by Cindy Bleser
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Pop !

Publish on December 4, 2015 by Marianne Brausch
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Monde Flottant

Publish on December 10, 2015 by Marie-Anne Lorge
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Planéité sans platitude

Publish on December 11, 2015 by Florent Toniello
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Japanisch-amerikanische moderne Märchenwelt

Publish on December 5, 2015 by Fernand Weides
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