Ryota Matsumoto 


Ryota Matsumoto is a principal and founder of an award-winning interdisciplinary design office, Ryota Matsumoto Studio. He is an artist, designer and urban planner. Born in Tokyo, he was raised in Hong Kong and Japan.He received a Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after his studies at Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in early 90’s. Matsumoto has previously collaborated with a cofounder of the Metabolist Movement, Kisho Kurokawa, and with Arata Isozaki, Cesar Pelli, MIT Media Lab and Nihon Sekkei Inc. before establishing his office. 
He presented his work for the 5th symposium of the Imaginaries of the Future at Cornell University in 2017 and had served as an adjunct lecturer of Transart institute, University of Plymouth from 2016 to 2018.                         

Matsumoto is the recipient of 26th Annual ISEA Best of Show Gracie Award, Visual Art Open Overall Prize, FILE(Electronic Language International Festival) Prix Lux Finalist, Florence Biennale Mixed Media 2nd Place Award, Premio Ora Prize Italy 5th Edition, Premio Ora Prize Spain 1st Edition, Donkey Art Prize III Edition Finalist, Best of Show IGOA Toronto, Art Kudos Best of Show Award, Lynx International Prize Be Art Builder Award, Lumen Prize Finalist and Western Bureau Art Prize Honorable Mention.

He was awarded the Gold Artist Prize from ArtAscent Journal, the 1st Place Prize from Exhibeo Art Magazine and the Award of Excellence from the Creative Quarterly Journal of Art and Design in 2015 and 2016. His work is part of the permanent collection of University of Texas at Tyler.

His work, writings, and interviews were published in Kalubrt Magazine, University of North Carolina Wilmington Journal Palaver,, The Journal of Wild Culture, Studio Visit Magazine, Fresh Paint Magazine, H+ Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Made In Mind Magazine, Arizona State University Journal Superstition Review, Creative Review, Next Nature Network,, Carbon Culture Review, KooZA/rch, Supersonic Art, Component Design (Winka Dubbeldam ed.), Post Digital Aethetics (Berry and Dieter ed.), Drawing Discourse (University of North Carolina Asheville), Highlike(SEPI-SP editors) and Drawing Futures (The Bartlett UCL) among others. 

Matsumoto's multidisciplinary projects have been exhibited recently at Meadows Gallery University of Texas at Tyler, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery University of North Carolina Asheville, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, National Museum of Korea, Van Der Plas Gallery, ArtHelix Gallery, Caelum Gallery, Limner Gallery, the Cello Factory, University of the District of Columbia, Lux Art Gallery, Studio Montclair, Manifest Gallery, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes,  Art Basel Miami, ISEA International, FILE Sao Paulo, Nook Gllery and Arts and Heritage Centre Altrincham. 

He's had solo exhibitions at Transylvania University and Los Angeles Center of Digital Art in 2015 and 2016 respectively.


Matsumoto’s work reflect the morphological transformations of our ever-evolving urban and ecological milieus, which could be attributed to a multitude of spatio-temporal phenomena influenced by social, economic and cultural factors. They are created as visual commentaries on speculative changes in notions of socities, cultures and ecosystems in the transient nature of constantly shifting topography and geology. His artworks and design projects explore the hybrid technique combining both traditional media (ink, acrylic,  graphite, Photo Collage) and digital media (algorithmic processing, 3d parametric modeling, data transcoding and image compositing with custom software and plugins ).
The varying scale, juxtaposition of biomorphic forms, intertwined textures, oblique/anamorphic projections and visual metamorphoses are employed as the multi-layered drawing methodologies to question and investigate the ubiquitous nature of urban meta-morphology, emerging realities of the Anthropocene and their visual representation in the context of non-Euclidean configuration. Furthermore, the application of these techniques allow the work to transcend the boundaries between analog and digital media as well as between two- and multi-dimensional domains.


• Invitation Award, KOSES 2018 International Exhibition, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea, May, 2018
• 4th Place Award, 3rd Arts in Harmony Annual International Show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN, March 2018
• Winner, Visual Art Open Juried Competition, Chester, UK, December, 2017
• Gracie Award, 26th Annual International Society of Experimental Artists Juried Exhibition Review, October, 2017
• 2nd Prize, Asociación Cultural Fomenar Prize Juried Exhibitio, Santa Maria di Chiavica, Verona, July 2017
• Juror's Award, 39th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, January 2018
• Honorable Mention, Open 2018 Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Everett, PA, January 2018
• 100 Best Award, Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art and Design, New York, December 2017
• Award of Excellence, Creative Quarterly 47, the Journal of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY, December 2017
• Overall Prize, Visual Art Open Competition, Abbey Square, Chester, November 2017
• Best of Show Gracie Award, 26th Annual ISEA Juried International Art Exhibition, Sanibel, FL, October 2017
• 1st Place Award, Labora Prize Madrid, Ufofabrik Contemporary Art Gallery, October 2017
• Curators Choice Award, Gallery 25N, Peekskill, NY, August 2017
 Long listed, Secret Art Prize, Curious Duke Gallery, London, May 2017
• Finalist, Visual Art Open Competition, Abbey Square, Chester, May 2017
• Honorable Mention, Western Bureau Art Prize 2017, Western Bureau Arts, Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, May 2017
• Finalist, Premio Marchionni 2017, Museum MAGMMA, Sardinia, May 2017
• Purchase Prize, Permanent Collection, University of Texas at Tyler Department of Art and Art History, February 2017
• Best of Show, 2nd Annual Abstract Art Contest, International Gallery Of The Arts (IGOA), Toronto, January 2017
• 1st Place Award, The Second Catskill Digital Art Competition, Catskill, NY, October 2016 
• Short-listed Artist, KUNST HEUTE AWARD 2016, IKH-Publishing, Martina Kolle, October 2016
• Finalist, Lynx International Prize of Contemporary Art, Trieste, September 2016
• Best of Show Award, Art Kudos International Juried Competition 2016, Riverside, CA, August 2016
• Honorable Mention, For the Artists by the Artists Juried Art Competition, CA, August 2016
• Long-listed, Celeste Prize 2016, Celeste Network, Siena, Italy, August 2016
• Short-listed Artist, Secret Art Prize 2016, Curious Duke Gallery, London, August, 2016
• Finalist, Art Prize No. 94, Abstract/Experimental Art, International Artist Magazine, Scottsdale, AZ, August 2016
• Finalist, T.I.N.A Prize Winter 2016, Associazione Culturale Radar, Venezia, July 2016
• FinalistKalos Visual Art PrizeRuminate Magazine, Fort Collins, CO, May 2016
• Short-listed Artist, Jackson’s Art Open Prize, Farleigh Place, London, May 2016
• Premio Ora Prize, Italy 5th Edition,  Associazione culturale Radar, San Donà di Piave, May 2016
• Recommended Artist From the Jury, Premio Combat Prize, Blob Art, Livorno, May 2016
• Short-listed Artist, Foci Arts and Writing Competition, May 2016
• Gold Artist, the Heat Issue of ArtAscent Journal, April, 2016
• Award of Excellence, Creative Quarterly, the Journal of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY, April 2016
• Premio Ora Prize, Spain 1st Edition, Associazione Culturale Radar, San Donà di Piave, January 2016
• 1st Prize, Palm Art Award, Art Domain Group, Quedlinburg, December, 2015
• 1st Place Solo Exhibit Winner, LACDA International Competition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, June 2015
• 1st Place Winner, Summer Palette Art Competition, Exhibeo Art Competition, Montreal, August, 2015
• Special Recognition, 17th Painting, Drawing & Print Juried Exhibition, Upstream Gallery,  January 2015
• Publishers Choice Award, Art and Beyond Magazine, Morton Groves, IL, November 2015
• 2nd Place Award, Mixed Media, Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, October 2015
• Silver Award, Art Forward Contest 3, Art Ltd. Los Angeles, CA, October, 2015
• Finalist, ViewPoint 47 Juried Art Competition, Cincinnati Art Club, OH, October 2015
• Special Award of Be Art Builder, Lynx International Prize of Contemporary Art, Trieste, September 2015
• Winner, International Current Masters Volume X Front Cover Competition, World Wide Art Books, CA, 2015
• Second Place Award, Art Kudos International Competition, Riverside, CA, August, 2015
• Award of Excellence, CQ39, Creative Quarterly, New York, August, 2015 
• Bronze Award, Art Forward Contest 2, Art Ltd. Los Angeles, CA, August, 2015
• Finalist, Artist's Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition, The artist’s Magazine, Blue Ash, OH, August 2015
• Finalist, Lumen Prize 2015,  The Global Award For Digital Art, Senghennydd Rd, Cardiff, August 2015
• Finalist, Neo:Art Prize, Neo:Artists Studios CIC, The Market Place, Bolton, August 2015
• Selected Artist, Visions Art Contest II, Malamegi Lab, Villanova di San Daniele del Friuli, July, 2015
• Finalist, No.88 Favorite Subjects Competition, International Artist, Scottsdale, AZ, July 2015
• Finalist, Donkey Art Prize 3, Blindonkey Cultural Association, Verona, June 2015            
• Honorable Mention, Viewpoints 2015, 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Studio Montclair, New Jersey, July 2015
• Finalist, LACDA International Juried Competition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, June 2015
• Special Recognition,17th Annual Digital & Mixed Media International Art Exhibition, Upstream gallery, 2015
• Short-listed Artist, Premio Combat Prize 2015, Corso Amedeo, Livorno, May, 2015  
• Finalist, 10th International Drawing Annual Competition, Manifest gallery, Cincinnati, OH, April, 2015 
• Bronze Prize, Artists of Magnificence, ArtAscent Journal, April, 2015 
• 1st Place Award, obliterazioni 2015, Nam Visual Art, Torino, 2015
• Finalist, Cover Art Competition, Artist Portfolio Magazine, Garden Grove, CA, December 2014
• 3rd Place, Art of Abstraction, Exhibio Art, Montreal, 2015
• Certificate of Excellence, Palm Art Award, 2014
• 1st Place, Mixed Media Mash Up, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, 2014
• Honorable Mention, London International Creative Competition, Farmani Group, London, 2014 
• 1st Place, Qingdao Mixed-Use Redevelopment Master Plan Competition, Japanese Railway, 2011
• 1st Place, Kysushu University Campus Central District Masterplan, Nihon Sekkai & Kishi Kurokawa, 2003