Shiro Masuyama

Shiro Masuyama


I've studied architecture until master degree level and my art projects therefore have been influenced by this and mainly manifest as site-specific interventions like architectures. Using my architectural background I make projects fundamentally to relate with people and society, so-called socially engaged art. I view interaction with people often brings the unexpected results. It's one of the most important process and component in completing an artwork.

Over the last 17 years I have developed my professional practice through participating in a diverse range of artist residencies¬†worldwide including¬†Millennium Court Arts¬†Centre, Portadown (2014-2015)¬†¬†;¬†MMCA - National¬†Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, The National Art Studio Goyang, Korea (2008) ; IMMA - Irish¬†Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2006) ; K√ľnstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2004-2005) and ISCP - International¬†Studio and Curatorial Programme, New York, USA (2002-2003). I am driven by a fascination and desire to develop art works in relation to how I can survive, communicate¬†and make art outside Japan. Having settled in Belfast, Northern Ireland my practice has become far more exposed to Irish /¬†Northern Irish culture and society as well as political conflict between them. As a result, my practice has become more¬†performative and political in their responses due my need to understand my physical living environment.

Biography

I was born in Tokyo in 1971. I lived in Berlin, Germany from 2004 for 6 Years. Since 2010 I've been based in Belfast, Northern¬†Ireland. Since 2013 I've become a studio holder and board director of Flax Art Studios, Belfast. I hold a Masters in Architecture¬†from Meiji University, Japan. I‚Äôve had numerous solo exhibitions world wide including ‚ÄėSelf-Sufficient Life‚Äô, Kyoto-ba, Kyoto,¬†Japan (2019); ‚ÄėAttracting My Neighbors‚Äô, Chiang Rai Art Museum, Thailand (2017) ; ‚ÄėSelf-Sufficient Life‚Äô, Millennium Court Arts¬†Centre, Portadown (2015) & Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Tainan, Taiwan (2015) ; ‚ÄúIntervention‚ÄĚ, Water and Sculpture Hills¬†Ichiara Museum, Chiba, Japan (2010). Numerous group exhibitions include ‚ÄėNoise of Silence : Japanese Art Now‚Äô, Golden¬†Thread Gallery, Belfast (2019) ; ‚ÄėWandering Seeds‚Äô, National Museum of Prehistory, Tatung, Taiwan (2018) ; ‚ÄėCollective Histories¬†of Northern Irish Art‚Äô, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2015) ; ‚ÄėAichi Triennale 2013‚Äô, Nagoya, Japan (2013). I have completed¬†public art commissions ‚ÄėFive Apples‚Äô, Ballymena (2015). I have received numerous awards including Grand Prix (Grand Prize) ,¬†The 7th 500m Museum Award, Sapporo, Japan (2019) ; Long term fellowship, Japan Foundation Asia Center, Japan (2017-2018) ; ACES Awards, Arts Council of Northern Ireland (2016) ; Individual Artist's Award, Derry-Londonderry City of Culture¬†(2013) ; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA (2009) ; Japanese Government Oversea Program for Artists, Japan¬†(2004-2005) ; Pola Art Foundation, Japan (2002- 2003).

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