Tomokazu Matsuyama dismantles the rigid cultural parameters that he felt inhibited by growing up between Japan and America. His bright, complex images merge Eastern and Western art histories, from Pop Art, graffiti and Manga, to the Edo period, and the Kano School of Painting. Colourful and peculiar shapes lodge into each other and interconnect, collapsing into one great, multi-coloured canopy that evokes the infinite coalescence of a globalised world. Matsuyama’s technical compositions expose the twofold nature of our time: while our online identities are no longer bound to geography, our physical and psychological selves are further dependent on the wealth of information that we consume. A celebration of the borderless space of the internet, Matsuyama fragments notions of national and cultural norms, transforming personal and collective histories into a tirelessly rich artistic vision.
Though he manages a dynamic, wide ranging, and truly global practice that includes painting, sculpture, and large-scale public works, Matsuyama notably remains dedicated to furthering the most personal and intimate aspects of his aesthetic evolution.
Tomokazu Matsuyama (b. in Japan, 1976) received his MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute, New York. Recent exhibitions include The Best Part About Us, Kavi Gupta, Chicago; Tomokazu Matsuyama: Accountable Nature, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai and Long Museum Chongqing; Tomokazu Matsuyama: Palimpsest, Harvard University, Cambridge; Thousand Regards, Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum, Washington; Tomokazu Matsuyama: Oh Magic Night, Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong; Tomokazu Matsuyama: No Place Like Home, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg; Made In 17 Hours, Museum of Contemporary Art Museum, Sydney; and Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, Japan Society, New York. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.