Tomokazu Matsuyama’s work is influenced by the austerity of post-war contemporary art and the rough extravagancy of popular culture. An upbringing split between Japan and California prompted the questions of national and individual identity that figure prominently in the style and subject matter of his paintings and sculptures. His sense of cultural displacement and nomadic living has served as a keystone to the creation of his artwork ever since.
Matsuyama’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including at the Reischauer Institite at Harvard University, a public installation at Harbour City in Hong Kong, the Katzen Arts Center at the American University, and Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at The Japan Society, New York; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Microsoft, Nike, The Standard Hotel, and The Cosmopolitan Hotel. In 2014, he was awarded the Harbour City Gallery Public Art Commission in Hong Kong where he exhibited a large scale sculpture. Matsuyama was born in 1976 in Tokyo, and he lives and works in New York City.