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 Pratt 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 the United States such as New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Japan, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Luxemburg, and other galleries, museums, and university facilities around the world. His works are in the permanent collections of LACMA, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Long Museum in China, the Royal Family, Bank of Sharjah Collection, Dubai, UAE, 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 art 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.
He currently lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York.

Tomokazu Matsuyama


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, China

Somewhere Here, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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
Palimpsest, 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 Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan

The pulse of modernity, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China
Tomokazu Matsuyama Accountable Nature, The Long Museum Chongqing, Chongqing, China

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
Changing World Through Art, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA

Re:define, Goss Foundation, Texas, USA

untitled, Museum of Tibet House, New York, USA
Joy Ride, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, USA
We Are One, New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA
Changing the World Through Art 2, Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York, USA
The Open Day Book Exhibition, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition, California, USA

Sugi- PoP! The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA
Summer Group Exhibition, Frey Norris Gallery, 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
UNFRAMED 2009, 15 Union Square, New York, USA

Winter Group Show, Frey Norris Gallery, California, USA
Eyes and Curiosity vol. 4, Mizuma Art Action, Tokyo, Japan
Night Watch, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
Piece of Peace, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

U Can’t Touch Dis: The New Asian Art, Zone, Chelsea Center for the Art, New York, USA
Bunkamura Art Show/BAS2007, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Project To Surface, M127, New York, USA
Natural Drift, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA)
Asian Art Museum (USA)
Microsoft Collection(USA)
Long Museum (China)
The Dubai Royal Family Collection (UAE)
Bank of Sharjah Collection (UAE)
Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park (Australia)

River To The Bank



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

Art Fair Tokyo 2021

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce its participation in Art Fair Tokyo 2021. We will showcase new works by Stefan Brüggemann, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Yuichi Hirako, Mariko Kobayashi, Tony Matelli and Tomokazu Matsuyama. Stefan Brüggemann develops a conceptual approach to the artistic process, which he explores with a critical and often provocative and ironical attitude,

松山 智一 展覧会|Long Museum Chongqing

松山智一による中国本土初の個展「Accountable Nature」が、好評につき2021年3月7日から5月16日まで龍美術館重慶館(Long Museum Chongqing)に巡回し、開催される運びとなりました。昨年11月に同西岸館(中国・上海)で開催された展覧会に新作を加えて、内容を拡充して開催されます。東洋と西洋、新旧の文化が交差する歴史ある都市重慶は、近年急成長を遂げマジックシティとも称されます。重慶館で初めて開催される国外アーティストによる展覧会となる本展では、松山の代表作や、新作となる鮮やかなキャンバス作品から巨大な立体作品まで体系的に展示し、膨大な情報の中で移ろいゆく現代を描写する松山の思想とあわせて紹介します。 渡航の難しい時期ではありますが、お近くにお越しの際は本展覧会に是非お立ち寄りください。 松山智一「Accountable Nature」| Tomokazu Matsuyama Accountable Nature 会期:2021年3月7日(日)― 5月16日(日) 時間:9:30 -17:30 休館:月曜日 龍美術館重慶館(Long Museum Chongqing) No.9, JuXianYan Plaza, Jiangbei District, Chongqing プレスリリース 龍美術館公式HP(英語)

Alternative Show : ART FAIR TOKYO 2020

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to highlight works by two contemporary women artists, Inka Essenhigh and Mariko Kobayashi, from our alternative show at the gallery in response to the cancellation of the Art Fair Tokyo 2020. The show starts from Thursday, March 19th, 2020. We will also be presenting works by Nir Hod, Tony Matelli, and


KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce its participation in “CADAN x ISETAN MEN’S” at the Isetan Shinjuku Store in Tokyo from February 19th through March 3rd, featuring print work by Tomokazu Matsuyama. –Dates – Feb. 19th – Mar. 3rd, 2020 – Venue – Isetan Shinjuku Store Men’s Building (1st floor) – Website– https://www.imn.jp/post/108057202213 Image: Tomokazu


KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce its participation in “CADAN : GENDAIBIJUTSU” in Tokyo from February 15th through 16th 2020, featuring works by Tomokazu Matsuyama and Stefan Brüggemann. –Dates and Hours – Feb. 15th, 2020 (Sat) 12:00 – 20:00 Feb. 16th, 2020 (Sun) 12:00 – 19:00 – Booth No. – 14 – Venue – Warehouse

Tomokazu Matsuyama “Jounetsu Tairiku” on Oct. 20th

We are extremely delighted to announce that Tomokazu Matsuyama (Matzu) represented by KOTARO NUKAGA is going to be featured in a popular documentary series “Jounetsu Tairiku” on the 20th, this Sunday starting from 11:25 pm. Witness how he tackled the historic Bowery Wall. Don’t miss out! MBS Sunday, October 20th, 11:25 pm- (JST) https://www.mbs.jp/jounetsu/

FIXED CONTAINED Curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to present Fixed Contained, a group exhibition of seven international contemporary artists: Brian Alfred, Firelei Báez, Inka Essenhigh, Nir Hod, Tony Matelli, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Carlos Rolón. This exhibition is guest curated by Matsuyama, and will be on view from April 20, 2019 through June 29, 2019. Each of the artists