Hometown: Chiba, Japan
Based in: Tokyo
Born in 1980 in Chiba Japan, and has now made Tokyo, Japan his base.
I explore the causes of my attraction to an object, and then create a work of art using the shapes and colors I find as a result.
The abstract works, shaved down and simplified, pose questions to the viewer.
These questions prompt the viewer to think, and even if only slightly, to move their consciousness away from the situation of “now”.
This is to enjoy "thinking" itself.
It is similar to the feeling of living in an "extraordinary" world; a world other than reality, such as the same feeling when you go to the movies or travel.
In ancient Japan, festivals and Sake were prepared for the "Hare" (extraordinary) days to get rid of the “Kegare" (bad things) accumulated in daily life and to gain vitality.
However, the glamour of the festivals and the Sake that had been part of the "Hare" (extraordinary) days became part of the daily life. Therefor, the "Kegare" (bad things) could no longer be removed.
Shifting consciousness becomes a tool to enter to the "Hare" (extraordinary) days in its original meaning.
Rise Art Prize, highly commended, UK
Magazine “Pinzel” interview, Korea
“J-WAVE TIME TABLE” grand prize, Japan
Sapporo Pre-Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibition 2011 International Art-Proposal Competition selected
The six time "Daikokuya contemporary art award" selected
The third time "VISUAL ART AWARD BY INTERNATIONAL ART & DESIGN COLLEGE" Mariko Abe award winning and more..
Kotaro Machiyama In The Studio
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What inspires you?
It is the first place to go and the first view. In my immediate surroundings, I am often inspired by parks with lots of nature.
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
Abstract, Colorful and Simple
Who are some artists that have influenced your work?
Where do you go for inspiration?
Galleries and Art Museums
Collections Featuring Kotaro Machiyama
Articles Featuring Kotaro Machiyama
Tokyo Zokei University of Art and design subject dye major
J-WAVE TIME TABLE- Grand prize- Tokyo, Japan
Rise Art Prize - Nominated- United Kingdom
The six time “Daikokuya contemporary art award” - Nominated-
Graphic Design in Japan 2011 - Nominated- Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo TDC 2011 - Nominated- Tokyo, Japan
Sapporo Pre-Biennale Contemporary Art ... Nominated
"VISUAL ART AWARD BY INTERNATIONAL ..."- Mariko Abe award
"Concerto" at arflex nagoya and arflex tamagawa
#SHAPEOFTHENEW", CasildART, U.K., Online
United Kingdom, 2021
WAKARANAI MONO GA SUKI
"Summer Tracks", Programa Taide, Spain, Online
South Korea, 2014
The six time “Daikokuya contemporary art award”
"The third time VISUAL ART AWARD BY INTERNATIONAL ART & DESIGN COLLEGE" Winning exhibition,