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Rui Matsunaga


1999-2002 Royal Academy of Arts Schools, London - MA Fine Art Painting

1996-1999 Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London - BA(Hons) Fine Art Painting



2025         Two person show, the Atkinson Southport, UK (with Nahem Shoa)

2024         Narrow Way to the Interior, Richard Koh Gallery, Singapore (Solo Show)

                 Seen and Unseen, Ferens Art Gallery Museum, UK (curated by Nahem Shoa)

2023          The Story So Far , the Atkinson Southport, UK

2022         Open House in Maastricht, Guus Roell gallery, Netherland

                 New Direction, The Atkinson in South Port, UK

                 Carry On Baggage, the Galelia Augustine, Lisbon, Portugal

2021          The Myth for Survival, Solo Exhibition, Daiwa Foundation (大和日英基金), London, UK

            Rui Matsunaga Solo Exhibition, the Atkinson South Port Museum, South Port, UK

2020          Christmas Show, Dekka Art, Margate

2019          Mystic Lamb and Silicon Prophet, Paper Gallery, Manchester (Solo Show)

                  (Un)Staged, Leicester Print Workshop, Leicester, UK

                  Group Show, Dekka Arts, Margate, UK

                  Studio 88 Art Residency, Chiangmai, Thailand

2018          Wizz, White Conduite Project, London, UK

                  Caroming, C4RD(centre for recent drawing) London, UK

                  The Sky’s Gone Out (curated by Bella Easton and Chris Hawtin), ARTHOUSE1, London,UK

                  Hepworth Print Fair 2018, Paper Gallery, West Yorkshire, UK

                  Manchester Contemporary 2018, Paper Gallery, Manchester, UK

2017          Into the Wild Abyss (three persons show with Nahem Shoa and Gordon Cheung), Royal Albert Memorial                      Museum & Gallery, Exeter, UK

2016          Rui Matsunaga Paintings (Solo), House of St. Barnabas, London, UK

                  Hard-boiled Wonderland, Jessica Carlisle, London, UK, UK

2015          Animism, Jessica Carlisle, London, UK

2014          Macmillan De’Longhi Art Auction, Darren Baker Gallery, London

2013          A Place Where Artists and Creatures Collide, Artwise, Hall Place, Bexley, UK

2012          John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

                  MK Arts for Health Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes Hospital, Milton Keynes, UK

                  Immotal Nature, Edel Assanti Gallery, London (curated by Gordon Cheung), London, UK

                  Hello and Goodbye, 17-25 Cremer St, London, UK

2011          Polemically Small on paper, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angels, (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith, Simon                        Rumley, Max Presneill, Zavier Ellis), USA

2008          Future Can Wait, T1 The Old Brewery, London, UK

                  New London School, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles,  USA

                  I don’t speak very much (two persons show with Miho Sato) I-MYU Projects, London Kapellmeister, Seven                    Seven Gallery, London,UK

                  Last Adventure of Primo Alonso, Primo Alonso Gallery, London, UK

2007          Rui Matsunaga Painting and Drawings (Solo), Primo Alonso, London, UK

                  Celeste Art Prize Finalist, Atlantis Gallery, London, UK

2006          I’ll be your Mirror, Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool Jerusalem, Dean Clough, Halifax, UK

                  Outdoors, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London, UK

Awards, Fellowship, Residencies and Publications

2023         Rui Matsunaga Guus Roell Collection

2019         Studio88 Art Residency, Chiangmai, Thailand

2015         “Painting Now”, Suzanne Hudson – Thames and Hudson

2013         MK Arts for Health Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes Hospital, Milton Keynes

2012         John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

2007         Celeste Art Prize Finalist, Trumen Brewey, London

2006         “Painting People”, Charlotte Mullins – Thames and Hudson

2003          Lexmark European Painting Prize Finalist, Eyestorm Gallery, London

                  Kyoto Arts Centre Residency, Japan
                  Royal Academy school of Arts Fellow 02/03, London

2002          May Cristea Award for Painting, London     

2001          Landseer Award for Painting, London

1998          Arte Viva Residency, Senagallia, Italy

                  Cohn and Wolfe Awards 98 Finalist, Lethaby Gallery, London


Victoria & Albert Museum London 

The Atkinson South Port Museum, Southport

University of Arts London
The Amsterdam Collection for SOHO House Museum of Senegalia Italy
The Mag Collection, London
Clifford Chance Art Collection,

London House of St. Barnabas, London

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