MASUYAMA is a Japanese conceptual artist who was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971. He completed his Masters in Architecture in 1997 at Meiji University, Kawasaki Japan and since 2002 he has worked nomadically and developed his professional practice, taking part in residencies all over the world including Millennium Court Arts Centre, Potadown (2004-2015) ; MMCA – National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea (2008) ; IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006) ; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2004-2005) ; ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), New York (2002-2003) . He was based in Berlin for 6 years from 2004. After taking part in International residency in Flax Arts Studios in 2009 he has relocated to Belfast. Since 2013 he has become a studio holder and co-director of Flax Art Studios. His works are fundamentally site specific, inspired by the environment in which he lives. He works in a variety of media including installation, sculpture, performance, video and photography.
MASUYAMA has exhibited widely locally and internationally including solo exhibitions at Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Tainan, Taiwan (2015) ; Millennium Court Arts Centre, Potadown (2015); Gallery aM, Tokyo (2011); Golden Thread Gallery (2011); Water and Sculpture Hills Ichiara Museum, Chiba, Japan(2010); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006); ADN Gallery, Barcelona(2006); MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna(2006); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2005) and group exhibitions including “Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art”, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast ; “Aichi Triennale 2013”, Japan(2013); ”Caution”, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast(2012); “A Dialogue with the Space and Time”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taiwan (2012); “The 1st Tokorozawa Biennial of Contemporary Art”, Japan(2009). He has received numerous awards including ACES Awards, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland (2015) ; the Individual Artist’s Award, City of Culture Derry~Londonderry (2013); Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York (2009-2010); Japanese Government Oversea Program for Artists, Japan (2004-2005); Pola Art Foundation, Japan (2002-2003)