Ryota Matsumoto 


Ryota Matsumoto is a principal and founder of an award-winning interdisciplinary design office, Ryota Matsumoto Studio based in New York and Tokyo. He is internationally recognized as one of the progenitors of the postdigital art movement.  
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, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and University of Miami in early 90’s. 
He studied with Manuel DeLanda, Vincent Joseph Scully Jr., Cecil Balmond, and Giancarlo De Carlo, among others.
Matsumoto has previously collaborated with a cofounder of the Metabolist Movement, Kisho Kurokawa, and with Arata Isozaki, Peter Christopherson, Cesar Pelli and MIT Media Lab before establishing his office. 

As a designer and consultant of Nihon Seikei Inc. and Japanese railway, he has worked on high-profile projects including Kyushu University Ito Campus masterplan(2003-2005), Shinjuku redevelopment project in Tokyo(2009-2012), Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi(2000) and Qingdao mixed-use development in China(2011).

He has presented his work on posthumanism, multidisciplinary design and visual culture at the 5th symposium of the Imaginaries of the Future at Cornell University, the Espaciocenter workshop at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, iDMAa Conference 2017 and NTT InterCommunication Center as a literary critic and artist.

As a video producer and designer, he has worked with Peter Christopherson of Coil and Hipgnosis for Japanese Nike commercial and contributed to his first solo album, Form Grows Rampant as Threshold Houseboys Choir.

His academic career started as a teaching assistant for Vincent Joseph Scully Jr. and his seminar, the Natural and Manmade in 1993.

During his visiting fellowship at the Glasgow school of Art, he has been engaged in research on the process of integrated urban regeneration under the guidance of Giancarlo De Carlo and Isi MetzsteinHe continued his pursuit in urban studies and participated in seminal research projects with MIT Media Lab and KieranTimberlake exploring high-rise modular housing, sustainability and design interventions for Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2005.

He has served as the MFA advisor of Transart institute, University of Plymouth and teaches at Asagaya College of Art and Design as a director of the Interdisciplinary Art and Design Lab.

Matsumoto is a research associate at the New Centre of Research & Practice found by Mohammad Salemy, Jason Adams and Reza Negarestani. 

He has been active as a guest critic on design reviews at Cornell University, Cooper Union, Columbia GSAPP, Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute.

Matsumoto is the recipient of Visual Art Open First Prize, FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) Prix Lux Prize, 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 had solo exhibitions at Transylvania University (2015), Los Angeles Center of Digital Art (2016) and 
Alviani ArtSpace, Pescara (2017).


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.


• Honorable Mention Award, Circle Foundation for the Arts, Lyon France, January, 2020
• 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
• Best of Show Gracie Award, 26th Annual ISEA Juried International Art Exhibition, the International Society
of Experimental Artists, Sanibel, FL, October, 2017
• 1st Place Award, Labora Prize Madrid, Photography, Video and New Media, Ufofabrik Contemporary Art Gallery, October 2017
• Curators Choice Award, Gallery 25N, Peekskill, NY, August 2017
• 2nd Place Award, Secret Art Prize, Curious Duke Gallery, London, July 2017
• Finalist, Visual Art Open Competition, Abbey Square, Chester, May 2017
• 2nd Place Award, 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, The 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 Artist, T.I.N.A Prize Winter 2016, Associazione Culturale Radar, Venezia, July 2016
• Finalist, Kalos Visual Art Prize, Ruminate Magazine, Fort Collins, CO, May 2016
• Short-listed Artist, Jackson’s Open Art Prize, Jackson’s Art, 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 Place Prize, Palm Art Award, Art Domain Group, Quedlinburg, December, 2015
• Finalist, Lumen Prize 2015, The Global Award For Digital Art, Senghennydd Rd, Cardiff, August 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, Ohio, 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, Neo:Art Prize, Neo:Artists Studios CIC, The Market Place, Bolton, 2015
• Finalist, Artist's Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition, The artist’s Magazine, Blue Ash OH, 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
• 1st Place Solo Exhibit Winner, LACDA 2015 International Competition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA, June 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 2015 International Juried Competition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA, June 2015
• Special recognition,17th Annual Digital & Mixed Media International Art Exhibition, Upstream gallery, 2015 
• Finalist, FILE Electronic Language International Festival, File Curitiba, Sao Paulo, June 2015
• Short-listed Artist, Premio Combat Prize 2015, Corso Amedeo, Livorno, May, 2015
• Finalist, 10th International Drawing Annual Competition, Manifest gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, April, 2015
• Bronze Prize, Artists of Magnificence, ArtAscent Journal, April, 2015
• 1st Place Award, obliterazioni 2015, Nam Visual Art, Torino, 2015
• Winner, Cover Art Competition, Artist Portfolio Magazine, Garden Grove, CA, December 2014
• Sandro Botticelli Prize, Effeto Arte, Florence 2015
• Rome International Imperial prize, Arte Communications, Rome, 2015
• 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