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 as an associate of Nihon Sekkei, Inc. before establishing his office.
He is the recipient of 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, and Lynx International Prize Be Art Builder Award. 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 artworks, 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, International Artist Magazine, Made In Mind Magazine, Arizona State University Journal Superstition Review, Creative Review, Next Nature Network, Carbon Culture Review, among others.
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, and graphite) 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.
Art and Research Interests
My current interest gravitates around the embodiment of cultural possibilities in digital hybrid art, parametric design, ecology and urban topography. The interdisciplinary approach towards the research projects is meant to bridge the gap between architecture and art, two cultural realms, which reflect on contemporary society and to transcend or merge the bounds of them as our own artistic expression.
Digital Hybrid Art, Mixed Media, Parametric Design, Generative Algorithms, Ecology, Architecture, Urbanism