Ryota Matsumoto

The Extensity of Sferics Counterpoint
31″x45″; mixed media; 2017

Ryota Matsumoto
Tokyo, Japan


The themes of my artwork hinge on how the scientific tenets of trans-humanism, the emergence of synthetic biotechnology and Nano technological innovations could respond to the Anthropocene epoch and eventually foster critical thinking in relation to the underlying agendas of the increasing dominance of human-centric biophysical processes and the subsequent environmental crisis. The dynamic interplay and collage/collision between the biomorphic artifacts of advanced technologies and existing obsolete infrastructures is considered as a catalyst behind establishing my own conjectural approach towards the visionary cityscape. My blended background in architecture and visual art leads me to explore the hybrid approach, whereby I combine both traditional media and digital media. The drawing process involves base images that are composed by 3D modeling software, incorporating generative and recursive algorithms. After the initial phase described above, these draft drawings are merged or overlaid with traditional media such as acrylic, ink, graphite, and photo collages of old schematic and physiological drawings.

The hybrid collage technique allows for a certain degree of unpredictability of visual dynamics. Painterly, organic sentiments of traditional media reveal themselves amidst the otherwise detached precision of digital drawings.


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, Arata Isozaki, Cesar Pelli, MIT Media Lab and Nihon Sekkei Inc. before establishing his office.

He presented his work for the 5th symposium of the Imaginaries of the Future at Cornell University in 2017 and currently serves as an adjunct lecturer of Transart institute, University of Plymouth. His current interest gravitates around the embodiment of cultural possibilities in art, ecology, and urban topography.


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Swirling Effects and Their Wayside Phenomena
27″x29″; mixed media; 2016

The Indistinct Notion of an Object Trajectory
30″x22″; mixed media; 2016

Still from Cities of Inextricable Velocities
38″x31″; mixed media; 2016

Those Who Affirm the Spontaneity of Every Event
22″x33″; mixed media; 2014