Born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. He has B.A. from Waseda Universioty, B.F.A. (2001) and M.F.A. (2003) from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. In 2013, he was awarded Holbein Artist Scholarship. Selected solo shows include `Face Paintings` (Nanatasu Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ), `Alternation` (gFAL, Tokyo, 2018), and `We go on a diet` (Akane Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2020 ). Selected Group Shows include ‘Japanese Emerging Artists’ (Browse & Darby, London, 2013), ‘Ezotic Art’ (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 2014).
Even though we’re living our own lives, why do people have a yearning for somebody else’s life? I think there is this question at the base of the act of painting.
Why do people take a ‘journey’? Why do people set out for ‘somewhere else and not stay here’? These might be similar questions. The answer perhaps may not be as simple as ‘we aren’t satisfied with our own present self.’ The reason might be more atavistic, as we are programmed to venture out to see a different world.
The distance between one’s comfort zone and completely outer world is minuscule. I believe envisioning that new world, trying to venture out to unfamiliar zone is extremely positive act, which can be traced back to the reason why I paint.
Through his remarkably academic approach, expressing the motif with lights and shadows, Murayama’s masterly rendered paintings never give away even the slightest hint of its labored expressions. The surface of the work is encompassed with a ray of light like a soft gleam reflecting on the water. Nevertheless, due to its idiosyncratic spatial effect, it metamorphoses itself into bold and defiant painting. I am convinced that his work will change the atmosphere where the painting is hung, making it dazzle.
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Head of Hirano Kotoken, Former Chairman and Managing Director of Sotheby’s Japan