Selected works


Tomokazu Matsuyama was born in Gifu, Japan in 1976 and currently 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 can also be seen in the public collections of the 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, in 2017.

2002-2004 MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, New York, NY
1996-2000 BA in Management from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
Microsoft Collection, USA
The Dean Collection, USA
The Royal Family, The Prince of Dubai United Arab Emirates
The Royal Family, The Queen of Dubai United Arab Emirates
Toyota Automobile, USA
The Standard Hotel, Andre Balazs Group, New York, USA
Levi’s Strauss and Co, Japan
Cosmopolitan Hotel Group, Las Vegas, USA
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


2020 Beverly Hills, Canon Drive mural, Beverly HIlls, CA
2019 Bowery Wall, mural, New York, NY
2018 No Place Like Home, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg
2017 Baby It's Cold Outside, Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
2017 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

2019 Poofy Wan Wan, curated by Kathy Frayson, Collaborations, Copenhagen, Denmark
         Fixed Contained, curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama, Korato Nukaga Gallery, Tokyo
2018 The Wynwood Walls, 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 (upcoming)

2017 Re:define, Goss Foundation, Dallas, Texas
         Manga and War, Ramapo College, NJ
         Forms and Effects : Ukiyo-e to Anime, Ramapo College, NJ
2013 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
         Messin’ With the Matsers, Mesa Contemorary Arts Center, Arizona, AZ
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
         UNFRAMED 2009, 15 Union Square, New York, Curated by Jane Holzer and
         Stephan Heighton

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

2017 Every-Wortman Lauren. and Padeken, Rory. Oh Magic Night, HOCA Foundation, Hong Kong
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. 


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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