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ayumu matsuoka (b. 1978)

1978

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

2005

Graduated from Tokyo University of Arts, School of Fine Art, Major in Nihonga

2007

Recieved Master's degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Nihonga

2010

Finished Doctorate at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Nihonga

After graduating at the top of his class with a degree in Nihonga from Tokyo University of the Arts, Matsuoka completed his doctoral degree and became a part-time instructor for the same university. Building from the basis of experiences and memories gathered while doing research on a wide range of subject matter, he paints gentle images of plants and animals against solemn backgrounds with an air of dignity. Standing still within natural scenery, lending his ear to the voices that only the silent possess, he senses life’s mysteries as faint presences and renders them with the beauty of natural mineral pigments, creating works that seem to float with an overwhelming sense of lightness and lyricism.


selected solo exhibitions

2007

Solo Exhibition (Surugadai Gallery, Gallery SHINSEIDO, Tokyo)

2010

Solo Exhibition (Matsuzakaya, Aichi, Tokyo)

2012

Solo Exhibition (Sogo, Hyogo)

2014

"Seimei karano Nukumori: Ayumu Matsuoka-Japanese style paintings" (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)

2015

Solo Exhibition (Sogo, Kanagawa, Hiroshima, Hyogo)

2016

Solo Exhibition (Matsuzakaya, Aichi, Osaka)

2017

"Ayumu Matsuoka Japanese style paintings: Seijaki to iu Kehai" (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)

2018

Solo Exhibition (Tenmaya, Okayama, Hiroshima, Sogo, Hyogo)

selected group exhibitions

2008

"Shinju kai" (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)

2009

"Brightness" (Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo)

2009

"The 18th Scholarship Recipient Art Exhibitions" (The Sato Museum of Art, Tokyo)

2013

"Mukyukai" (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)

2015

Nihonga no Wakaki Chikara: Nihonga no Top Runner-ten" (Takashi Tower Museum of Art, Gunma)

2018

"Nikitama" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, taveled through Japan)

2019

"Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji" (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)

awards

2005

Taito-ku Salon de printemps Award, Ikuo Hirayama Scholarship Award for thesis work

2006

Grand Prize, the Shohaku Art Museum Kachoga-ten

2007

First-selected for the 62nd Spring In-ten and the 92nd Saikoin-ten

2012

Japan Rehabilitation Aid Association Chairman's Award 2013 "Yume no kai"

2013

Shuuki-ten Award, Ikuo Hirayama Award, the 68th Spring In-ten

2014

Honorable mention for the 69th Spring In-ten

2014

Honorable mention and the Tenshin kinen ibaragi Award, the 99th Saikoin-ten

2014

Nakamura Award, the 3rd Maeda Seiton Kensho, Nakamura Shogakkai

2015

Honorable mention for the 70th Spring In-ten

2016

The Foreign Minister's Commendations and Honorable mention for the 71st Spring In-ten

Public collections

Tokyo University of the Arts

 Exhibitions