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Shiro Masuyama

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Shiro MASUYAMA is a Japanese artist who was born in Tokyo, 1971. Shiro Masuyama has been based in Belfast since 2010. Since 2013 he has been a studio holder and co-director of Flax Art Studios. His work ranges from performance to sculpture, installation, photography and video and tends towards themes of people, society and place. Shiro has worked nomadically since 2002 mainly with attending residencies worldwide including Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2014-2015) ; MMCA- The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea (2008) ; IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006) ; Künsterhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2004-2005); ISCP - International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2002-2003). He has received numerous awards including Grand Prix, The 7th 500m Museum Award, Sapporo, Japan (2019) : The Japan Foundation Asia Center Fellowship, Japan (2017-2018) ; ACES Awards, Arts Council of Northern Ireland (2016); Individual Artist's Award, Derry-Londonderry City of Culture (2013); The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA (2009-2010) ; Japanese Government Oversea Progarmme for Artists, Tokyo (2004-2005). He has exhibited his works in numerous group exhibitions including ‘Noise of Silence : Japanese Art Now’ Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2019) ; ‘Aichi Triennale 2013’, Nagoya, Japan (2013) and many solo exhibitions including ‘Coexistence’, National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Kerry, Ireland (2019) ; ‘Self Sufficient Life’, Kyoto-ba (2019), Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown and Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Taiwan (2015). He has completed a public art commission entitled “Five Apples” in Ballymena, Northern Ireland (2015).

Last update : 13 Jan. 2022


“Weaving a scarf for the alpaca I sheared using its own wool”, Puno, Peru, 2014

“Borderline Project”, 2013

“Five Apples”, The People’s Park, Ballymena, 2015

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