Matsuo Naoki

Somewhere in Between

Dec. 13th tue– Dec. 24th Sat, 2022
12:00~18:00  Monday closed



In 1979, when I was a senior in high school, I saw an exhibition titled “From Meiji and Taisho to Showa: The History of Modern Japanese Art” at a museum in Kyoto. Among some 280 works by 212 artists, I was strangely attracted to the “dark realistic Western-style paintings” from the end of the Edo period to the beginning of the Meiji and Taisho periods. 

 The period when these works were painted was the dawn of modern Western-style painting in Japan, and it was the nexus of Japanese painting and Western-style painting, early modern and modern, East and West.

 The oil painting series in this exhibition is based on these dark realistic Western-style paintings, and is also conscious of the axes of photography/painting, seeing/being seen, mirror/window, past/future, and so on.



1962 Born in Kagoshima Prefecture
1987 Completed the Master Program of Kyoto City University of Art, ArtDepaetment

Solo Exhibitions
1985 Galerie 16, Kyoto
1986 Galerie 16, Kyoto
1987 Gallery View, Osaka
1990 Galerie 16 , Kyoto
    Gallery View, Osaka
1991 City Gallery, Kobe
1992 Gallery View, Osaka
1993 Shinanobashi Gallery 5, Osaka
1996 Shinanobashi Gallery 5, Osaka
    Street Gallery, Kobe
1997 Galerie 16, Kyoto
2009 Series 80 Years of Thinking Paintings -Spacing 3 (Appearance and Exit)- , Gallery 16 , Kyoto
2012 Red Mouse, etc.,  Gallery 16, Kyoto
2015 Another Green Landscape, Gallery 16, Kyoto
2018 Living Thing 3018, Galerie 16, Kyoto

Group Exhibitions
Poly Mode, Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery, Kyoto
Inside-Outside, R Gallery, Kyoto

Poly Mode 2, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka
Yes Art 2, Gallery Haku, Osaka
Art Network ’83, R Gallery, Kyoto
NEW ART SCENE IN KANSAI, Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery / Osaka University of Arts Exhibition Hall / Osaka Contemporary Art Center

Mode beyond Formalism, Gallery 16, Kyoto
Yes Art 3, Gallery Haku, Osaka

Positive Tableaux, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
Be-Art ’85, Gallery Be-Art, Kyoto
7 Individuals, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
The Critical Point in Art ’85, Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo
Return to Image, Gallery Haku, Osaka
K’s Story, Sumitomo Trust Bank, Nanba Branch,Osaka
Ultra-View, Gallery View, Osaka)
Animals in the city, Osaka Contemporary Art Center,Osaka

Trance-Art Scene, Galerie 16, Kyoto
A Scene of Contemporary Japanese Art 3 “The New Generation” , Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai
Tama Vivant ’86, Gallery of the Tama Art University, Tokyo / the Seed Hall, Shibuya Seibu, Tokyo
Art Front Vol.2, Shinsaibashi Parco, Osaka

7th Forms for Tomorrow-Kyushu: Sudden Suspension of Images, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka
Art Now ’87, The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe
Wind of May , City Gallery, Kobe
Painting 1977-1987, The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Nippon / Rimpa-School , Fukuoka Art Museum
Kyoto Art for Tomorrow’91, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Osaka Contemporary Art Fair ’91, Osaka Contemporary Art Center

Relations – Drawing, Sai ​​Gallery, Osaka
Artists in Hyogo ’93 , The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe

Today’s Drawing, Shinanobashi Gallery 5, Osaka

The Vision Of Contemporary Art 1995, The Ueno Royal Museum,Tokyo
Time Vessel, Art Space Niji, Kyoto
Painting Direction ’95, Osaka Prefectural Contemporary Art Center

The Present of Painting – Active Kagoshima Painters – , Kagoshima City Museum of Art, Kagoshima

TAMA VIVANT II 2008, Tama Art University / Minatomirai Station Basement 3rd Floor Concourse

Art Kyoto 2012, Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto

Focusing on New Collections “Shinanobashi Collection” , Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe

The Advent of RINPA : Touring the “RINPA CODE” of the Pre-Modern / Modern / Contemporary, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto

Garden of Images, Itami City Museum of Art
The Garden of the Mind – the Fina, Art Space Niji, Kyoto

New Wave : Contemporary Art of the 1980s, The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Watashi & Watashitachi, Kobe Studio Y3, Kobe

Kansai Contemporary Art of the 1980s”, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe

Public Collections

Takamatsu Art Museum of Art, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art