Born(1953) in Kobe city, Japan. I studied drawing and painting at the Art Institute of Osaka Municipal Museum of Art and have exhibited in many solo shows and group exhibitions.

Artist Statement

I love oil paint, it's texture, viscosity, slow-drying time and smell. I paint abstract. I never know what it is going to be until it's complete. When I start to paint, I always put some colours on the canvas without thinking. My choice of colours is often accidental or intuitive. I try to catch the chance meeting of colour with composition. Sometimes I get lost, and then other times I find myself walking along a path that brings me back to where I belong. Abstract is for me a concrete way to share an inner sense, place and time with you directly and deeply.

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Selected Exhibition

Group Exhibition “R”
4/3/2019 - 4/7/2019 wedge, Kawanishi-city Hyogo, Japan

Solo Show "Hiroshi Matsumoto Abstract Oil Painting 作品展"
11/03/2017 - 12/28/2017 Michi no Eki Osaka Castle Remained Stone Memorial Park, Kagawa, Japan

Solo Show "Hiroshi Matsumoto"
06/27/2017 - 07/22/2017 Olive-no-Shima Post Office, Kagawa, Japan

Group exhibition "10,10" MOSTRA DI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA
10/10/2015 - 11/07/2015 Tolentino, Italy

Group Exhibition Presentazioni del libro e mostra "Seminario di autocoscienza estetica"
12/13/2014 - 12/21/2014
Il Ramo d'Oro, Napoli, Italy

Group exhibition "Pour le plaisir"
12/06/2014 - 01/17/2015 Galerie Ephémère Thuin, Belgium

Solo Show "NOV.15 2014"
11/15/2014 - 11/22/2014 Galleria Vista, Roma, Italy

Group Exhibition "Tempo, temporale, temporalismo"
03/08/2014 - 03/23/2014 Palazzo Sangallo, Tolentino, Italy

Group Exhibition "Guardando avanti / LOOKING FORWARD"
12/07/2013 - 12/15/2013
Il Ramo d'Oro, Napoli, Italy

Group Exhibition "Little Big Web"
11/16/2013 - 01/20/2014 Galerie Ephémère  Thuin, Belgium

Group Exhibition "One Mind and One Heart"
03/09/2013 - 03/21/2013 Castel dell’Ovo, Napoli, Italy

Group Exhibition "Beyond the spot"
02/02/2013 - 03/17/2013
Il Ramo d'Oro, Napoli, Italy

Duo Exhibition "OUR HOUSE" Hiroshi Matsumoto x Yoshimi Kamimoto
11/25/2012 - 12/01/2012
Gallery NOMA, Hyogo, Japan

Group Exhibition "
Japan Live"
12/03/2011 - 12/18/2011
Il Ramo d'Oro, Napoli, Italy

New show of
Three Ravens Gallery
08/05/2009 - 08/07/2011 Edison, WA, U.S.

Group Exhibition "Background noise - Rumore di fondo"
05/07/2011 - 05/22/201
Il Ramo d'Oro, Napoli, Italy

Group Exhibition "HEARTBEAT"
04/09/2011 - 04/22/2011
Il Ramo d'Oro, Napoli, Italy

'United - in the Age of Dialogue'
04/05/2011 - 04/08/2011 National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

Duo Exhibition "
Hiroshi Matsumoto x Natsuo Ikegami"
06/13/2010 - 06/19/2010 -Opening Special exhibition-
Gallery NOMA, Hyogo, Japan

Group Exhibition "ASIAN OVERVIEW 2010"
01/16/2009 - 01/31/2010
Il Ramo d'Oro, Napoli, Italy

Group Exhibition "BEAUTIFUL ELSEWHERE" International exhibition of contemporary art
11/23/2009 - 12/03/2009 Universita' degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope" Villa Doria D'Angri Via Petrarca, 80, Napoli ,Italy

Preview of
Three Ravens Gallery
10/30/2009 - 11/01/2009 Ardmore, PA, U.S.

Group Exhibition "ASIAN OVERVIEW ROME 2009" Exhibition of artists from Italy and Far East
06/10/2009 - 06/24/2009 Villa De Santis Via Casilina corner Via Gordiani, Rome, Italy

Group Exhibition "
Asian collection"
02/14/2009 - 02/28/2009
Il Ramo d'Oro, Napoli, Italy, Napoli, Italy

Group Exhibition
Sentieri del pensiero / Paths of thought"(2 abstract works)
11/07/2008 - 11/16/2008 Sala delle terrazze, Castel dell'Ovo, Napoli, Italy
Il Ramo d'Oro

Solo Show "Hiroshi Matsumoto"
02/25/2006 - 03/07/2006 Gallery Okumura, Shizuoka

Solo Show "
Hiroshi Matsumoto"
02/25/2006 - 03/05/2006 Sun Art, Shizuoka

Solo Show "Hiroshi Matsumoto"
12/03/2005 - 12/18/2005
Seo Cornici Kuwana-City, Mie

Solo Show "
Hiroshi Matsumoto"
06/17/2005 - 06/26/2005 Gallery Kawanaka, Miyazaki

Duo Exhibition "
Emi Hiramatsu+Hiroshi Matsumoto"
05/12/2005 - 05/31/2005 Pushpin Gallery, Shizuoka

Baekwoon Art Festival
10/09/2004 - 10/11/2004 Uiwang-City. Korea

Mixed Exhibition "
Five Portions
09/12/2004 - 09/30/2004 gallery tohrei, Osaka

Mixed Exhibition "
Four Portions "
04/07/2003 - 04/12/2003 GALLERY NAW, Osaka

Solo Show "Recollections"
10/02/2002 - 10/27/2002 GALLERY Tomoe, Hyogo

Mixed Exhibition "Q+"
May, 2001 Gendai Zaro, Osaka

Solo Show "Time passes slowly"
Oct, 1999 GALLERY Tomoe, Hyogo

Thoughts for my solo show in Roma 2014

Solo Show "NOV.15 2014" at Galleria Vista, Roma Via Ostilia, 41, Italy
November 15 2014 - November 22 2014

Galleria Vista
Roma Via Ostilia, 41

...Il tempo fugge nonché sfugge a qualsiasi definizione--- (Margherita Hack)

La questione di cosa sia il fluire del tempo viene sottolineata dai filosofi dalla seconda metà del XIX, ma si è accentuata con la fisica moderna. Questa descrive formule che dicono del cambiamento delle cose in funzione della variabile “tempo”. Il vero problema è chiedersi cosa sia il presente - possiamo affermare che le uniche cose che esistono ora e qui sono quelle del presente: il passato non esiste, neanche il futuro. La fisica moderna rende ancora più intrigante la questione, la teoria della relatività di Einstein ha mostrato che la nozione di presente è addirittura mal definita: chiedersi se una cosa avviene proprio ora, ha significato solo per cose vicine nello spazio; il presente, come l’insieme degli eventi che accadono in questo momento nell'universo è solo una limitatezza delle nostre percezioni. In altre parole il presente, come lo concepiamo di solito, non esiste. Osservare il tempo, non g iudicarlo ma a ssorbirlo intimamente fino a non dare più importanza al s uo scorrere. Hiroshi Matsumoto non t enta una descrizione n é una trascrizione del tempo, non vuole elaborare teorie scientifiche o filosofiche; con forza porta i l fruitore a d una s emplice operazione: o sservare senza pregiudizi, s enza formare teorie, assorbire il suo corso s enza prendere appunti; lasciarsi andare ed ascoltare il suo suono pulsante, accettare il suo scorrere e gioire di questo.

Massimo Nicotra

...Time flies and escapes from any definition - (Margherita Hack)

The problem of the flow of time was emphasized by philosophers of the second half of t he n ineteenth century; however, it was s tudied i n greater depth by modern Physics. The l atter provides u s with f ormulas t hat s how how things change i n function of the variable "time". The real question is asking what the present is - we can affirm that only things that exist here and now are part of the present. Neither the past nor the future do exist. Modern Physics makes t he question even m ore intriguing. E instein’s Theory of Relativity shows us that even the concept of the present is not well-defined: to ask if s omething happens right now makes s ense only for things t hat a re nearby in space; the present, conceived as the set of all events happening right now in the universe is only a limitation of our perception. In other words, t he present as we conceive it does not exist. One must observe time, not judge it but absorb it intimately until he does not give importance to its flow anymore. Hiroshi Matsumoto does not attempt a description or a transcription of time; he does not want to develop scientific o r philosophical theories about it. He forcibly brings the viewer to a simple process –  to observe time without prejudice, without forming theories; to absorb its course without taking

Massimo Nicotra

Translation: Claudia Vianello

Thoughts for 9x9 painting series

Matsumoto's 9 x 9 paintings

The Matsumoto's 9 X 9 paintings are very intriguing and challenging: commentators have pointed to "..amazing use of color and texture draw us into a world of wonderous pigment and emotional expressions." But, in my opinion, such comments (while capturing real facts) on the whole miss the point. What distinguishes those little paintings from other, bigger ones, is the fact that they speak about such an elusive element as TIME.
Time, in Matsumoto's "9x9"s, emerges in the sequence, not in any single painting: I mean, does the "June 4, 2009" speak about the weather of that particular day (and observed where?) or the inner attitude of the painter or anything else? I think it does not...according to Wittgenstein there's no such thing as the flowing of time, it can only be measured by some other physical process, like the movement of the hands of a watch. Matsumoto' 9x9 paintings perform such a function, behave like different positions of the hands of a clock, the "June 4, 2009" says that there has already been the "June 3, 2009" and that "June 5, 2009" will follow...But, unlike watches, the 9x9 paintings keep memory of time, they accumulate, they grow in number, in a sense they make time visible, like a flower or a plant does, but they give a LINEAR representation to time, a painting a day, while physical phenomena usually have a nonlinear dynamics (one year in the life of a two years old little boy is not the same as one year in the life of a sixty years old man). So, in a way, life cannot be wholly captured by the 9x9 paintings, once more life is more complicate...a title for the whole sequence could be "The Physical Impossibility of Time representation In the Mind of Someone Living", to paraphrase the Damien Hirst's title for his very famous (and a bit expensive) shark.

Francesco Filippi, Professor of Economics, University of Pisa, Italy August 2009

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