artist Shigeki Matsuyama wearing a black cap and painting a greyscale eye

Shigeki Matsuyama

Dazzling camouflage today’s saturated world

“I take a pictorial approach to the changes brought about in the lives of modern people through the spread of smartphones and the Internet – and their effects on our consciousness.”

The word ‘dazzle’ appears in many of Shigeki Matsuyama’s titles. And his work is just that, dazzling. Bold black and white stripes camouflage artworks in a range of mediums. Whether it’s a painted portrait or an immersive installation, there’s always stripes. Inspiration comes from everyday experiences. “When I'm creating, I often take inspiration from the things around me – things like a sense of...

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Shigeki Matsuyama (he/him) was born in 1973 in Japan. He currently lives and works in Kanagawa, Japan.


Between 1998 and 2011, Matsuyama worked as an illustrator in advertising. Following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, he was inspired to create more conceptual work and moved away from illustration.


Matsuyama has collaborated with several brands and designers. In 2021, he was commissioned by Vans to design the Vans Store Harajuku store. He made the walls and spiral staircase his signatures striped black and white.

Collaborations with Shigeki Matsuyama

Avant Arte and Shigeki Matsuyama have one upcoming collaboration.