Graphic pop artist, Tomokazu Matsuyama transcends the four, expected, canvas borders that most artists tend to circumscribe to, as his art takes you on a misshapen playful ride. Born in 1976 in Japan, Matsuyama currently lives and works in New York City. Working in acrylic on canvas or paper, he makes paintings that are full of life and charm.
Matsuyama’s colorful, joyous, and at times, humorous works are the product of culture and identity becoming one. His art, like his upbringing, is a mixture of ideas and emotions. He embraces his cultural roots, without neglecting the world around him. Tomokazu Matsuyama’s work is truly a testament to his unique, kaleidoscopic vision of life.
Tomokazu Matsuyama’s art work is similarly influenced by both the austerity of post-war contemporary art and the rough extravagancy of popular culture. Perhaps the most intriguing and insightful in terms of cultural study, his work is a more conscious and introspective response to the tensions of bicultural experience, discerningly appropriating influences from modern art and Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras.
An upbringing split between Japan and America spurred the questions of national and individual identity that figure prominently in the style and subject matter of his paintings attempting to parse the “natural chaos” of our social environment, Matsuyama pushes viewers to confront their conceptions of cultural homogeneity, which seems to contradict notions of Japanese norm.
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