After graduating at the top of his class with a degree in Nihonga from Tokyo University of the Arts, Matsuoka completed his doctoral degree and became an assistant professor for the same university. Building from his basis of experiences and memories gathered while doing research on a wide range of subject matter, Matsuoka paints gentle images of plants and animals against solemn backgrounds with an air of dignity. Standing still within natural scenery, lending his ear to the voices that only the silent possess, he senses life’s mysteries as faint presences and renders them with the beauty of natural mineral pigments, creating works that seem to float with an overwhelming sense of lightness and lyricism.


Born in 1978 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Lives and works in Chiba, Japan
Presently assistant professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and an tokutai member of Nihon Bijutsuin (The Japan Art Institute)
2010 Finished Doctorate at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Nihonga
2007 Received Master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate school of Fine Arts, Department of Nihonga
2005 Graduated Tokyo University of the Arts, School of Fine Art, Major in Nihonga
【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2023 Ayumu Matsuoka: Animal Story (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2020 Omoi ga umareru toki (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2018 Solo-Exhibition (Tenmaya, Okayama; Tenmaya; Hiroshima; Tenmaya,Fukuyama)
Solo-Exhibition (Sogo Kobe, Hyogo)
2017 Seijaku to iu Kehai: Ayumu Matsuoka Nihonga-ten (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2016 Solo-Exhibition (Matsuzakaya, Aichi; Daimaru Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
2014 Seimei karano Nukumori: Ayumu Matsuoka NIhonga-ten (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2012 Solo-Exhibition (Sogo Kobe, Hyogo)
2010 Solo-Exhibition (Matsuzakaya Nagoya, Aichi; Matsuzakaya Ueno, Tokyo)
2007 Solo-Exhibition (Surugadai Gallry, Tokyo)
Solo-Exhibition (Gallery SHINSEIDO, Tokyo)
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2019 Hirayama Ikuo to Nihongaka no wakaki omoi (Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, Yamanashi)
The First Zen no kai (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2018 Chiisaki mono wa mina Itoshi (Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo)
2015 NIHONGA no wakaki chikara: NIHONGA no Top Runner-ten (Takasaki Tower Museum of Art, Gunma)
2013 Mukyu no kai (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, continued every year afterward)
2012 Yume no kai (continued until 2013)
San no kai (Matsuzakaya Ueno, Tokyo; Matsuzakaya Nagoya, Aichi, continued until 2018)
2009 The 18th Scholarship Recipient Art Exhibitions (The Sato Museum of Art, Tokyo)
2008 Shinju kai (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2007 Haru no In-ten (continued in 2013-2016)
Saikouin-ten (continued in 2014, 2017, 2018)
【Public Collections】
Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo), Zuisho-ji (Tokyo), Sato Sakura Museum (Tokyo)
2021 Picture book “When feelings are born” Published by Kyuryudo
2017 Honorable mention at 102th Saikoin-ten (Continued in 2018)
2016 The Foreign Minister’s Commendations and Honorable mention at the 71st Haru no In-ten
2014 Honorable mention at the 69th Haru no In-ten (continued in 2015)
Honorable mention and Tenshin kinen Ibaragi Award at the 99th Saikoin-ten (The Museum of Moden Art, Ibaraki, continued in 2017, 2018)
Nakamura Award at the 3rd Maeda Seiton Kensho, Nakamura shogakkai
2013 Shuuki-ten Award and Ikuo Hirayama Award at the 68th Haru no In-ten
2012 Japan Rehabillitation Aid Assosiation Chairman’s Award 2013 at the Yume no kai
2006 Grand Prized at the Kachoga-ten (Shohaku Art Museum, Tokyo)
2005 Taitō-ku Award
Salon de printemps Award
Ikuo Hirayama Scholarship Award