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.
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


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

2017 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

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. 
“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.”
“Entre deux,” WOXX,
“Endre deux mondes,” Le Quotidien,
"Tomokazu Matsuyama: Thousand Regards”  artist monograph, Panorama Publishing, Tokyo, written by Yayoi Shionoiri, 2013
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

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

“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

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)
“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)
“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)

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


Somewhere Here

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery has the pleasure to invite -for his second solo exhibition at the gallery- the Brooklyn-based Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama. With this selection of new paintings and a series of steel sculptures rendered in monochromatic gold and silver, Tomokazu Matsuyama traces the canon of the history of Western art while filtering it through his idiosyncratic imagery, where the flatness of Eastern painting meets the bold vigor of American pop.

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. Exhibition dates from January 19 to March 3, 2018. Preview on January 18th, 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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