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Shinya Masuda, in his bio sent to us, describes himself as a “French chef turned photographer“.
After completing his studies in Visual Communication Design, Shinya worked as a commercial photographer in a the photography department of a design production company. It was during this time that he met Mr. Hashi, the name Shinya calls renowned photographer Yasuomi Hashimura, a Japanese photographer who emigrated to the United States, and rose to prominence in New York City. Shinya studied under him for a year and a half at Hashi Studio Tokyo.
Shinya currently lives and works in Tokyo as an artist, expressing his talent through the medium of photography.
Artemis Art hosted his first solo exhibition Katsuko back in 2016, as part of our collaboration with that year’s edition of the Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards (KLPA), which showcased the works of several Japanese photographers in their special Focus Japan segment.
Since then, Shinya Masuda has been exhibiting in numerous exhibitions and festivals around the world, and has earned himself several awards along the way, particularly for his Hanafuda Shouzoku series of artworks.
In 2020, Artemis Art is grateful to have been given the opportunity to host Shinya Masuda’s work once again, online this time. Selected works from the award-winning Hanafuda Shouzoku series are now part of Artemis Art’s online webstore, and limited edition prints are available for purchase. It is indeed an honor and pleasure to be able to work with Shinya once again.
To find beauty in the impermanence of decaying matter is a unique sensibility in Japanese culture.
I reflect such sensibility in my practice, and I wish the viewers from various cultures can learn more about Japan through my work.
The theme of my work is “all things must pass.”
The “Hanafuda Shouzoku” series is inspired by the foods my mother had sent me; eventually I had to throw them away since they had gone rotten before I could finish them all. I wanted to sublime my feelings of regret and gratitude towards the excessive amount of love and decayed foods.
Graduated in Visual Communication Design from Nagano Art and Design School
First Place, International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California, USA
Showcase Solo Exhibition Award Winner, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Top 50, Critical Mass Top 50, Photolucida, Portland, Oregon, USA
Winner, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017
2nd Place, Sony World Photography Awards (Professional category, Still Life)
Director’s Honorable Mention, 8th Annual Center Forward Exhibition, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Winner, Seventh Annual Exposure Photography Award
Director’s Honorable Mention, FAUX Exhibition, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Hanafuda Shouzoku, Carnegie Center for Creativity, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Hanafuda Shouzoku, Sony Imaging Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California, USA
AINT-BAD: COLLABORATIONS, Laney Contemporary Fine Art, Savannah, Georgia, USA
Portfolio Showcase Volume 12, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Portfolio 2019, Atlanta Photography Group (APG), Atlanta, Georgia, USA
LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards, Klompching Gallery, New York City, USA
LensCulture Winter Exhibition, Klompching Gallery, New York City, USA
Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Imaging Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
8th Annual Center Forward Exhibition, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
The Fence, various locations in USA & Canada, including Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Calgary, Denver, Durham, Houston, and Santa Fe
Sony World Photography Awards 2017, Somerset House, London, UK
FAUX Exhibition, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Biennale of the Tangible Image, Mairie du 20è arrondissement, Paris, France
Umbria World Fest, Palazzo Trinci, Foligno, Italy
Color Cue Explorations in Perception Projection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Shunyoudoushoten Art & Essay, “WebShinshosetsu” Vol. 1, Japan
HANT, German contemporary photography magazine
National Geographic (Italy)
AINT-BAD,issue no. 13
il manifesto (Italian newspaper), Nov. 10, 2018, coverage of Umbria World Fest 2018
The Best of LensCulture, Volume 2
Gente di Fotografia numero 71,photographic culture magazine in Italy
NRC Media Holding,Amsterdam, Holland
Review Santa Fe
Review Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival
The Hanafuda Shouzoku series is inspired by the shipments of food and delicacies sent to him by his mother, which eventually became spoilt. The series touches on the idea of impermanence, that in the end “all things must pass”.
All the artworks presented below are available as limited edition prints (editions of 5), and may be purchased through our webstore. The Hanafuda Shouzoku series has earned Shinya Masuda accolades and several awards from various organizations around the world.
Back in 2016 Artemis Art hosted Shinya Masuda’s debut solo exhibition Katsuko, featuring works from a few of the artist’s earlier series. Shinya’s solo showcase was part of the Japan Focus segment during the 2016 edition of the Kuala Lumpur Photoawards (KLPA) held in White Box, MAP@Publika.
For any enquiries pertaining to Shinya’s older works, contact Artemis Art via email at in**@ar***************.com