The talented Japanese artist Ryo Matsuoka has been drawing and painting since before he can remember. Today, he dabbles in other art forms such as embroidery, but his main focus is his colourful paintings which demonstrate a strong Asian influence. According to Matsuoka "The act of drawing opened me up for life and unknown places, connected me with new people, and gave me different windows of time and place, further inspiring me to draw. I keep myself busy in and out of Japan by creating paintings, installations, murals, and embroideries, presenting my visions in solo shows or Play Pray Paint events".
-Exhibition at L'ECLAIREUR 2004&2005(Paris)
-YOHJI YAMAMOTO Paris collection 2004 (Paris) display & painting at Doarat (Tokyo)
-Exhibition + playpraypaint at pop Komm 2005(Berlin)
-Collected poems of Paul Auster (Cover)2005
-Exhibition*play pray paint! + workshop at calm & punk gallery(Tokyo)2007
-Workshop at Isetan KIDS CLUB 2009&2010(Tokyo)
-Painting at JOYCE (Hong Kong) 2009ー2011
-ISETAN＋DESIGNTIDE "2010 (Tokyo) exhibition + play pray paint! at gallery
-Exhibition + FUKUZUMI(Osaka)2008-2010-2011-2012
-Christmas Gift Box design at JOYCE BEAUTY 2010(Hong Kong)
-LIVE PAINT&OPEN STUDIO at Cabanon Nogizaka (Tokyo) 2010-2011
-RED one PRESS PRINT SHOW at GALLERY COMMON (Tokyo) 2010-2011
-Exhibition at GALLERY JOYCE 2011 (Beijing)
When did I start to draw and paint?
When asked, I simply say, “Since I was very young.”
When did I start to play? When asked,
I simply say, “Since I was very young.”
I played with drawing and painting.
I would draw lines and place colors.
What was going on in my mind?
If I found building blocks, I would play with the blocks.
But I’ve been keeping my journal by drawing:
drawing when meeting people, and drawing as part of life.
Just a walk often gives me the inspiration to draw.
Drawing on this prompts me to seek faraway places.
Traveling injects me with new awareness.
On the road, I don’t try to make my journal pretty.
I simply draw as I see; it’s my daily journal, and my way of writing words and codes.
Which reinforces the fact that drawing is part of my everyday life I don’t try to transcend anything in my art I don’t try to force any view No need to stand out or shout a slogan I draw, standing here and now. Simply keep drawing.
And I feel a sound surrounding me, a never-changing, eternal echo.
The sound demands no attention from me,
and that is why a realization comes to me.
I feel the presence of a human being.
I feel the art of living. Not techniques.
There is no stopping until I stop
Encounters with the new
That joyous surprise I learned very young, It is and will be still mine Where are you?
I am right here.