Hiroyuki Masuyama

Space and time are the focus of Hiroyuki Masuyama's art. He condenses them into sensual compositions that play with the viewer's perception.

His series "Flowers" shows flower meadows where all vegetation periods prevail at the same time. It evokes a fascinating panorama of the seasons, growth and life.

Other time travel leads Masuyama to colleagues of the past. He visits places that William Turner or Caspar David Friedrich had chosen as motifs and captures them photographically. He recomposes the works from hundreds of recordings and lets us experience their fascination anew in a contemporary form. The monumental lightbox "Storm", created in 2013, combines the apocalyptic visions from Leonardo da Vinci's codices into a grandiose panorama consisting of over 2000 detailed shots.

Masuyama's "spheres" are similarly overwhelming. The large, smoothly polished hollow spheres consist of thousands of wood fragments. Thirty thousand tiny holes of various calibers let in outside light. They precisely simulate the positions and luminosity of the stars in the northern and southern hemispheres. Glass fiber pins sit in the openings and reproduce the spectral colors of the celestial bodies. Anyone who climbs Masuyama's spheres will experience a breathtaking three-dimensional starry sky.

In turn, the drawings in the Shadows of Time / Shadows of Hours series demonstrate the passage of time by following the shadows of things in the sunlight. The resulting paper works are of fragile perfection and high contemplative power.

“The time levels merged in this way make it clear once again: Art always has only one present. It's where the thinking about them takes place." Michael Freitag

Hiroyuki Masuyama was born in 1968 in Tsukuba / Japan. He graduated from the University of the Arts in Tokyo, studied at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf and at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Museums, art galleries and galleries in Europe and Japan have organized numerous solo exhibitions for the versatile painter, draftsman, sculptor and photographer. His works can be found in many renowned collections.