TOMOKAZU MATSUYAMA

 

 Tomokazu Matsuyama x Peanuts Global Artist Collective in New York City

Tomokazu Matsuyama x Peanuts Global Artist Collective in New York City

 

Matsuyama’s work responds to his own bi-cultural experience of growing up between Japan and America by bringing together aspects of both Eastern and Western aesthetic systems.His practice repositions traditional icons within a broader global context in order to create a distinctive style that resists cultural categorization and embodies what the artist refers to as the “struggle of reckoning the familiar local with the familiar global.” By raising questions of national and individual identity through the formal qualities and subject matter of his paintings, Matsuyama examines the “natural chaos” of our social environments and challenges viewers to confront their own conceptions of cultural homogeneity.

 
 Tomokazu Matsuyama x Peanuts Global Artist Collective in San Francisco

Tomokazu Matsuyama x Peanuts Global Artist Collective in San Francisco

 

Matsuyama is influenced by a variety of subjects, including Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras, classical Greek and Roman statuary, French Renaissance painting, post-war contemporary art, and the visual language of global, popular culture as embodied by mass-produced commodities.

 
 Tomokazu Matsuyama x Peanuts Global Artist Collective in Tokyo

Tomokazu Matsuyama x Peanuts Global Artist Collective in Tokyo