Tomokazu Matsuyama (1976, Born in Gifu, Based in New York) moved to the United States in 2002, after graduating from Sophia University. He received his MFA in Communications Design from the Prat t Institute, New York. Matsuyama’ s works include painting, sculpture as well as public art installation and respond to his own bi-cultural experience of growing up between Japan and America by bringing together aspects of both Eastern and Western aesthetic system and reflect the changing modern society in the informatization.

Numerous exhibitions have been held in major cities in galleries, museums, and university facilities around the world. His works are in the permanent collections of LACMA, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Pérez Ar t Museum Miami, Long Museum and Powerlong Museum in China, the Royal Family, Bank of Sharjah Collection, Dubai, UAE, K11 Art Foundation in Hong Kong, Microsoft Collection and more.

From 2012 to May 2017 he was an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) . In 2020, he designed and supervised the community ar t space at JR Shinjuku Station East Square and installed 7m-tall sculpture. In 2021, he was featured on NHK’ s “Nichiyo Bijutsukan”, Japan’ s longest running weekly arts TV program and his international activities and growing profile were well valued.


‘Episodes Far From Home’, Almine Rech, London
‘The Best Part About Us’, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, USA
‘Boom Bye Bye Pain’, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tokyo
‘Tomokazu Matsuyama Accountable Nature’, The Long Museum Chongqing, Chongqing, China
‘Tomokazu Matsuyama Accountable Nature’, The 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
‘Somewhere Here’, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
‘Toshiba’s Made in 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
‘Palimpses’, Rauchauer Institute at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
‘New Work’, 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

‘Home & Away: Selections From Common Practice’, Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, USA
‘Realms of Refuge’, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, USA
‘Nature Morte’, The Hole Gallery, New York, USA
‘Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art’, Meiji 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
‘Messin’ With The Masters’, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center,Arizona, USA
‘Edo-Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints’, Japan Society, New York, USA
‘Re:define’, Goss Foundation, Texas, USA
‘We Are One’, New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA
‘The Open Day Book Exhibition’, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition, 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
‘Winter Group Show’, Frey Norris Gallery, California, USA
‘Eyes and Curiosity vol. 4’, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
‘U Can’t Touch Dis: The New Asian Art’, Zone, Chelsea Center for the Art, New York, USA
‘Natural Drift’, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Chiba, Japan

River To The Bank



Group exhibition curated by Carlos Rolón and Tomokazu Matsuyama 'Die Young, Stay Pretty'

From March 10 (Fri), 2023, KOTARO NUKAGA, Roppongi is pleased to present ‘Die Young, Stay Pretty.’ The exhibition is co-curated by Chicago-based Puerto Rican American artist Carlos Rolón, whose practice explores themes of belonging and cultural identity, and artist Tomokazu Matsuyama, whose contemporary visual language functions as a representation of the reality of our times. Rolón

KOTARO NUKAGA to participate in Art Collaboration Kyoto (ACK)

KOTARO NUKAGA will participate in “Art Collaboration Kyoto” (ACK), an art fair themed on “contemporary art and collaboration” to be held in Kyoto from November 18 (Fri) to 20 (Sun), 2022.(HP:https://a-c-k.jp/) KOTARO NUKAGA will be exhibiting with Chicago-based Kavi Gupta. Starting with Tomokazu Matsuyama, who is represented by both galleries, KOTARO NUKAGA will bring Kyoto-based

Matsuyama is exhibiting upon invitation by IKSV as an official collateral project to the 17th Istanbul Biennial. 

We are pleased to announce Tomokazu Matsuyama’s public projects United We Stand Divided and Nirvana Tropicana in collaboration with Yanköşe and Galataport. Both large scale sculptures by Matsuyama will be exhibited upon invitation by IKSV as an official collateral project to the 17th Istanbul Biennial. For Yanköşe, Matsuyama re-imagines his sculpture He Sits She Reads (2021) as a large installation. For

'Tomokazu Matsuyama: HK Drop' Tomokazu Matsuyama's third major project in Hong Kong

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with one of the world’s leading auction houses Sotheby’s Hong Kong and SK Lam’s global creative studio AllRightsReserved (ARR) to present “Tomokazu Matsuyama: HK Drop.” This collaborative campaign will see New York-based Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama take over Hong Kong, one of the cities

Tomokazu Matsuyama to Participate in Benefit Auction on Artsy, the World's Largest Online Art Platform

Tomokazu Matsuyama will participate in a benefit auction on Artsy, the world’s largest online art platform, in support of the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4), a non-profit organization based in New York City that supports the work of Asian American artists. A benefit auction will be held on Artsy, the world’s largest online art platform,

Exhibition Announcement - Art Fair Tokyo 2022

KOTARO NUKAGA will be exhibiting at ART FAIR TOKYO 2022, held at the Tokyo International Forum from March 11 (Fri). At this art fair, KOTARO NUKAGA will exhibit works by Tomokazu Matsuyama, Yuichi Hirako and seven other artists. Tomokazu Matsuyama’s new work “People With People,” is a large-scale work from his signature series “Fictional Landscape.”

Tomokazu Matsuyama collaborates with "Yuzu" on the 25th anniversary of their debut

Tomokazu Matsuyama and Yuzu, a powerful J-Pop artist celebrating their 25th anniversary, will be collaborating on this project. Yuzu has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Takashi Murakami and Kohei Nawa. To mark the quarter-century anniversary of their debut, Yuzu has announced that they will be collaborating with Tomokazu Matsuyama, who has drawn a

West Bund Art & Design 2021

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the international art fair West Bund Art & Design 2021 in Shanghai from November 11, 2021 (Thursday). For our first art fair in 2 years, KOTARO NUKAGA will be exhibiting works by six artists, including New York-based artists Tony Matelli and Tomokazu Matsuyama.

Public Art by Tomokazu Matsuyama will on view at Chiba JPF Dome

Tomokazu Matsuyama’s works will be on permanent display in the foyer space by the main entrance of the Chiba JPF Dome, a 250-meter-long wooden bank will be opened newly on Oct.2 on the site of the former Chiba bicycle race track. You can see two powerful sculptures ‘Glory Slowly’ and ‘Immortality Morality’ of about 4.5

Tomokazu Matsuyama “Boom Bye Bye Pain”

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce the opening of our second gallery at Piramide Building Roppongi, Minato City in Tokyo from May 2021. Our first exhibition in this new gallery at KOTARO NUKAGA, Roppongi will be Tomokazu Matsuyama’s solo exhibition “Boom Bye Bye Pain”, from 22 May to 10 July. Learn more Exhibition Outline Title