In 1986, Seiji Matsumoto was born into an artisanal family. His grandfather and father were gardeners, and his grandmother was a dressmaker.

In a town surrounded by beautiful nature in Osaka, he grew up with many kinds of animals such as dogs, rabbits, birds, and so on. Since he often used to help his father with his work from a young age, he learned a lot about craftsmanship, rigor, and having fun within that professional field.

One of his most favorite activities to engage in was in painting. He was always drawing, and when he shared his paintings with his family and friends, he felt extremely happy to see them enjoy his creative artwork. Before he knew it, painting became one of his main communication tools to share and express his ideas with the world.

After he entered Osaka University of Arts in 2004, he was fascinated by woodcuts, which introduced him to warm shade impressions with a traditional Japanese touch. At the same time, he started working for a clothing company as a graphic designer. He was drawing animals and plants in simple styles with less colors, which is still his main go-to drawing style.

His painting style, which gives him ample warmth and peace, tends to influence and soften people’s minds…especially in this fast-paced world.

In 2010, he moved his base from Osaka to Tokyo, and became involved in big projects with MLB and other major companies as a designer and illustrator.

In 2016, he moved to New York and turned to doing freelance work.

Presently, he is involved in various works, as he has collaborated with Disney, UNIQLO, The New York Times, McDonald’s in Japan, Karmaloop, and so on….

You can view his illustrations on Instagram here.

 

Exhibition
-2018     Robert miller gallery (Manhattan)
-2018     Solo Exhibition / Café Grumpy  Chelsea  (Manhattan)
-2017     Solo Exhibition / ambassador  (Brooklyn)
-2017     Solo Exhibition / Café Grumpy Fashion District  (Manhattan)
-2017 Bushwick Open Studios 2017 Group Art Show/ Beyond Studios (Brooklyn)
-2017 Solo Exhibition / SBC GALLERY  (Brooklyn)
-2017     Solo Exhibition / Café Grumpy Grand Central Terminal (Manhattan)
-2017 JCAT SHOW CASE / GALLERY MAX NEW YORK  (Manhattan)
-2017 Arts in Bushwick Community Day / House of yes  (Brooklyn)
-2008 Osaka University of Arts Graduation Exhibition / Osaka University of Arts  (Osaka)
-2007 Exhibition portfolio / Ishida Company Hall  (Kyoto)
-2004 Exhibition postcard / White cube Kyoto  (Kyoto)

 

Prize
-2015 UT GRAND PRIX STAR WARS / Honorable mention of Kilian Plunkett
-2010 The Artists Who Love Mickey & Minnie Mouse / Prize
-2006 KFS Illustration Contest / Prize
-2005 KFS Illustration Contest / Prize
-2005 JIA Illustration Award / Prize
-2004 White cube Kyoto post card book audition / second Prize