Yokohama, b.1980

Masaya Chiba

Masaya Chiba utilizes painting, sculpture, and installation to create dreamlike works that respond to Surrealism traditions while also exploring the limits of representation and translation. Many of his paintings begin as assemblages in his studio, and in preparing these installations, Chiba collects seemingly random assortments of objects – photographs, wooden planks, potted plants, excess paint – to stage unusual material landscapes. Other objects used in his paintings are also drawn from memory, suggesting an illusory attempt to recapture objects and experiences that no longer exist in the present. Once configured into a desired form, Chiba utilizes these installations and objects as studies for his richly rendered oil paintings. Seemingly whimsical at first glance, his pictures also suggest an undercurrent of anxiety and instability, as if the perceptible world was melting...

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Biography

Masaya Chiba utilizes painting, sculpture, and installation to create dreamlike works that respond to Surrealism traditions while also exploring the limits of representation and translation. Many of his paintings begin as assemblages in his studio, and in preparing these installations, Chiba collects seemingly random assortments of objects – photographs, wooden planks, potted plants, excess paint – to stage unusual material landscapes. Other objects used in his paintings are also drawn from memory, suggesting an illusory attempt to recapture objects and experiences that no longer exist in the present. Once configured into a desired form, Chiba utilizes these installations and objects as studies for his richly rendered oil paintings. Seemingly whimsical at first glance, his pictures also suggest an undercurrent of anxiety and instability, as if the perceptible world was melting away below us.

Artworks

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Study for Let’s have an adventure#3 No.1, 2016

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Autobiographical Approach / Canvas / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Japanese Art / Dreamlike Imagery / Film/Video Art / Imitation and Representation / Inspired by Surrealism / Japan / Japanese Art / Memories / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Performance / Sculpture / Sense of Anxiety / Theatricality / Tokyo / Tracking Memories / Yokohama

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Painting and ... , GalleryαM, Tokyo

  • Perry Rhodan and my life, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo

  • 2017

    What to Do With Memories by Utilizing Things Such as Indirect Lighting in Light Box Style, Yatsuzaki Halo, Feeling of Wanting to Kiss, Family Story, Sagamihara Stone Burger, Forget Medusa, and Element 50m Ahea, ShugoArts, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Scaffolds of Meaning / 懒音, Mine Project, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Upcoming: 2018 Shanghai Biennale, the Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai, China

  • Group Show at Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori

Performance

  • 2016

    Self-Portrait #5, ShugoArts Weekend Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2015

    Self-Portrait #3, Art Sonje Centre, Seoul

  • 2014

    Self-Portrait #2, blanclass, Yokohama, Japan

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Curriculum Vitae

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Painting and ... , GalleryαM, Tokyo

  • Perry Rhodan and my life, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo

  • 2017

    What to Do With Memories by Utilizing Things Such as Indirect Lighting in Light Box Style, Yatsuzaki Halo, Feeling of Wanting to Kiss, Family Story, Sagamihara Stone Burger, Forget Medusa, and Element 50m Ahea, ShugoArts, Tokyo

  • 2016

    Pork Park, ShugoArts Weekend Gallery, Tokyo

  • Masaya Chiba, The Steak House DOSKOI, Tokyo

  • 2011

    The Wonderful World I Got to See Because I Was Alive, ShugoArts, Tokyo

  • An Infinitely Comfortable Lifestyle, 16 Bungee, Seoul

  • 2008

    Mitsukyo, ShugoArts, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Scaffolds of Meaning / 懒音, Mine Project, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Upcoming: 2018 Shanghai Biennale, the Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai, China

  • Group Show at Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori

  • How to live #2 at Roppongi, ShugoArts, Tokyo

  • Masaya Chiba & Shogo Shimizu, The Steak House DOSKOI, Tokyo

  • ShugoArts Show, ShugoArts, Tokyo

  • Art Center Ongoing 2008-2018, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo

  • 2017

    MAM Collection 006: Materials and Boundaries - Handiwirman Saputra + Chiba Masaya, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

  • iemura seminar exhibition, Eri TAKAYANAGI×Yosuke TAKAYAMA×Masaya CHIBA, Tama Art University Hachioji Campus, Art-Theque Gallery, Tokyo

  • Oku-Noto Triennale, Suzu City, Ishikawa *participated as OngoingCollective

  • ShugoArts Show, From the 1980s to the 2010s, ShugoArts, Tokyo

  • Sylvanian Families Biennale 2017, XYZ collective, Tokyo

  • 2016

    Discordant Harmony, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei

  • 2015

    by the mountain path, White Rainbow Gallery, London, UK

  • Discordant Harmony, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

  • ShugoArts: Weekend Gallery in Mishuku, ShugoArts Weekend Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

  • 042 art area project 2015 SUPER OPEN STUDIO related exhibition SOMETHINKS, Art Laboratory Hashimoto, Kanagawa, Japan

  • Discordant Harmony, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima

  • 2014

    The Principle of Hope, Kunisaki Art Festival, Oita, Japan

  • Contacts, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo

  • Shape of Picture, ShugoArts, Tokyo

  • The Way of Painting, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2013

    Mono No Aware. Beauty of Things. Japanese Contemporary Art, The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

  • Roppongi Crossing 2013: OUT OF DOUBT, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

  • Why not live for Art? II, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2013 California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA

  • Wonderful My Art, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan

  • Re:Quest-Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s, Seoul National University, Seoul

  • Tokyo Painting II, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

  • 2012

    Kunisaki Art Project 2012, Kunisaki, Oita, Japan

  • NOT AUTHORITY, BUT ART, Daikanyama Art Street, Tokyo

  • Sculpture by Other Means, ONE AND J. GALLERY, Seoul (curated by Gabriel Ritter)

  • 2010

    Day to-day, MARTOS GALLERY, New York

  • 2009

    Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (curated by Midori Matsui)

  • Hello! MIHO KANNO, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo

  • FUKUTAKE HOUSE, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2009, Niigata, Japan

  • Twist and Shout, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok

  • 2008

    NEOTENY JAPAN Contemporary Artists after 1990 from Takahashi Collection, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima. Traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo; The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo; The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Niigata; Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita; Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, Japan

  • VOCA The Vision of Contemporary Art 2008, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo

  • 2007

    ritual, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo

  • 2006

    Four Artists Show, ShugoArts, Tokyo

  • FUKUTAKE HOUSE, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Niigata, Japan

Performance

  • 2016

    Self-Portrait #5, ShugoArts Weekend Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2015

    Self-Portrait #3, Art Sonje Centre, Seoul

  • 2014

    Self-Portrait #2, blanclass, Yokohama, Japan

  • 2012

    Self-Portrait, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo

  • 2011

    The theory of running parallel, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo

Collections

  • Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo

  • Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

  • M+ The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong