Shigeki Matsuyama was born in 1973 and is now based in Kanagawa, Japan.
From 1998, he worked as a freelance illustrator creating product illustrations and advertising. Immediately following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Matsuyama held a solo exhibition in Tokyo called UNEASINESS. This inspired him to deviate from his 13-year career as an illustrator and begin working as an artist, so that he could create more conceptual work. Currently, he is working not only on tableaus, but also on objets and installations.
When I'm creating, I often take inspiration from the things around me; things like a sense of unease and distrust towards media like the Internet and TV, reactions towards them, and their effects, for example.
According to one study, "words only stimulate around 15% of memory-forming cells, whereas actual experience stimulates 95% of them."
With access to the Internet becoming widespread, the process of retrieving and subsequently forgetting information becomes a habit. Information, dissociated from personal experience, is harder to store in memory, resulting in people who are devoid of knowledge. And is it not the knowledge and memories gained through experiences that make our lives mentally and physically fulfilling?
The theme that runs throughout my works is that of "modern people."
I take a pictorial approach to the changes brought about in the lives of modern people through the spread of smartphones and the Internet — and their effects on our consciousness — and express those ideas through my work.
Solo Exhibition (selection)
2019 “Communication:Dazzle room” studio fujino / Kanagawa,Japan
2017 “Narcissism” Clockenflap / HongKong
2016 “Narcissism : Dazzle room” rooms33 / Tokyo
2016 “Dazzle room” rooms32 / Tokyo
2012 “CHAOS 2” Cham, Kyoto/Japan
2012 “CHAOS” NOS, Ebisu,Tokyo/Japan
2012 “SIGE Exhibition 2012 : epitome 2” GOODDAYS, Yokohama,Kanagawa/Japan
2012 “SIGE Exhibition 2012 :epitome 1” grass roots, Yokohama,Kanagawa/Japan
2011 “UNEASINESS” NOS ORG, Shibuya,Tokyo/Japan
2010 “SIGE Exhibition 2010” EVERY TOKYO, Nakamegurfo,Tokyo/Japan
2009 “SIGE Exhibition2009” VERANDA, Nishiazabu,Tokyo/Japan
2009 “LAUGH IT OFF” Launchpad gallery, Yokohama,Kanagawa/Japan
Group Exhibition (selection)
2019 “9 -nine-” studio fujino / Kanagawa,Japan
2018 “Amazon Fashion week 2018 A/W" Shibuya Hikarie / Tokyo,Japan
2016 “Paint it Black” gallery Art graph / Tokyo,Japan
2015 “Kendama Exhibition” PINE BROOKLYN / Osaka,Japan
2014 “ROAD TO A DECADE” NOS / Tokyo,Japan
2014 “This is not a flower” gallery Yamanekoken /Saitama,Japan
2014 “DARUMA” Yonabe gallery / Kanagawa,Japan
2013 “T9G EXHIBITION TAIWAN” Undergarden / Taiwan
2013 “Light and those blocking the light.” gallery Mizutamaya / Takamatsu
2011 “RedDot ArtFair Miami 2011” gallery chord / Miami,USA
2011 “Paris je t’aime” Sans Interdits Arts, As’ art Paris / Paris,France
2010 “DC SHOES custom skateboard” DC store / Tokyo,Japan
2009 “DA×PUMA×kid robot, custam Munny” Designers week 2009 / Tokyo,Japan
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