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Takayuki Matsumine
1985 Born, Iwate, JAPAN
2013 Attended, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles

Born in the Iwate prefecture of Japan, Takayuki Matsumine spent his childhood years surrounded by the abundant beauty of nature in Japanese suburbia, in an environment filled with vivid seasonal changes.

He was raised with rich inspiration to draw from nature and was also greatly influenced by his grandparents who were local traditional folk artists.

At the age of 16, a fatal ski accident resulted in the injury destructing his cervical spinal cord. Life, thereon after changed dramatically.

He began to exist in a duality. Living between the desire to live and the gratitude, joy, and appreciation towards life, and on the other hand what felt was daily hardship and suffering. Yet these counter-opposite positions together within him ignited his artistic creations, fueling his motivation.

“After the fatal accident, ordinary simply disappeared from my daily life. The mundane routines we take for granted were now brought to my consciousness.”

Through his daily unpredictable physical condition, and his new routines that encompassed no normalcy, as he had known, a new perception of what it means to live had surfaced.

People experience life with their entire physical self. Because I was only left with the nerves and functions of my neck and above, I feel my senses are heightened.”

While his physical mobility was compromised from his neck down, it amplified the workings of his mind. His intellectual curiosity became limitless, from the small unnoticed things in life, such as your very own senses to cutting edge science and technology. His cycle of artistic and human evolution has been the findings of these new points of views, perceptions, absorbing them into his self, and repurposing them for his creative expression.

If the accident is what opened my mind and eyes to all that I now see, I may have to consider it a ‘perfect moment’.

Life and death is an eternal theme. Yet, it is within these two points that we exist, pulled by gravity, in the non-existing and ever-passing concept we call time. And the struggles one faces in the “now” is where Taka draws his inspirations and aspires to portray.

Work History

Takayuki entered the world of graphic design at the age of 19. He delved deeply into 2D digital design, mastering Photoshop and Illustrator. His design clientele varied from bands, event merchandise, and TV networks such as NHK and companies like Red Bull Japan to name a few. Within the 2D graphic realm, he carved out a unique and recognizable design style, of layering as much as 900 digital layers.

In 2017 he made his shift into the Fine Arts world. The journey of creating pieces that were intimate, personal and conceptual began, and has produced successful solo exhibits in Japan.

His art pieces can be grouped into two bodies of works. The source of inspiration and concepts dictates these categories.

One is from his life experience, rooted heavily on his accident, focusing on the intimate story and his revelations.

His second body of work is isolated from his injury, instead rooting in his vast interest in the systems of perception, the universe, quantum physics, neuro-authentics, an exploration driven by curiosity.

Both themes include mediums of works on canvas, sculptures created by his 3Dmodeling, and installation pieces.

The Statement

Born in Shizukuishi, Iwate prefecture in Japan surrounded by beautiful environment filled with vivid change of seasons, Takayuki Matsumine has grown up with rich inspiration from nature and strong influence of grandparents who took over the inheritance of local folk crafts from early childhood.

In the age of 16, the fatal ski accident and destruction to the cervical spinal cord has changed his life dramatically where he started to face against the value of life with holding intermixed emotion of desire to live and suffer from living daily life. And still the suffer from fatal accident is giving energy to ignite his motivation.

After suffering from that fatal accident, I was able to bring my unspread routine perception and action of everyday life onto the surface of the conscious mind.  “Ordinary” simply disappeared from my daily life due to the instability of my body and living conditions. One piece of chocolate was placed on a table, which I stared at as it slowly changed texture by the surrounding temperature. One piece of chocolate thrown into my mouth, which I needed assistance with from another person. When going through those processes you have a sense of vision, hearing, smelling, and tasting in your conscious mind, your perception of one piece of chocolate would become precise and special. 

“I can say that it’s easier now to avoid ordinary life since I only have active functions from my neck up such as my brain and nerves.”

On another front, there is no limit to my intellectual curiosity, expression, and inquisitive mind toward everything including ordinary things and senses as well as cutting-edge technology and science.  Those expressions sublimate and are seized back to the conscious mind. As a result, expressions are reviewed thoroughly and updated in new ways.

That accident has given me many things so now I can think of that accident as a “perfect moment”.  Even though I lost my physical function, my mental function has been still drawn to the gravity flow of the fluctuating present.


The Factors
@Gallery Garoo, Nishiazabu Tokyo, JAPAN – 2019

The Perfect Accident
@Aiina Gallery, Iwate, JAPAN – 2018

View from The Broken Neck
@SO1 Gallery, Omotesando, Tokyo, JAPAN – 2018

The Power of Portrait
@Runbinii Gallery, Iwate, JAPAN – 2015
@bramen Gallery, Asakusa Tokyo, JAPAN – 2016


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