EDUCATION: - -
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
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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2008 Group show Seven Seven gallery, London
2008 Simon Rumley & Zavier Ellis present New London School - new UK artists Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica USA
2007 Rui Matsunaga Primo Alonso, London
2007 I’ll be your mirror Primo Alonso, London
2006 10th Planet Unit A04 Tower Bridge Business Complex, Bermondsey, UK
2006 I’ll be your mirror Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool (UK tour)
2006 Jerusalem Dean Clough, Halifax
2006 Heathen Threshold Sartorial Contemporary, London
2006 Outdoors Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London
2005 We have Left the City Gates Nunnery Gallery, London (Curated by JJ Charlesworth)
2005 New London Kicks Wooster Projects, New York
2005 RAdical Jerwood Space. London
2005 NLK SohoHouse, New York
2004 Zoo Art Fair Flaca Gallery, London
2004 Le Petit Paysage Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool (Toured nationally)
2003 trans- Kyoto Art Centre, Japan
2003 -portal Studio J, Osaka, Japan
2002 Post-Otaku Michael Goedhuis Gallery, London
2002 Blood Auction Contemporary Art Society, London
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AWARDS & RESIDENCIES: -
2003 Lexmark European Painting Prize Finalist, Eyestorm Gallery, London
2003 Kyoto Arts Centre Residency, Japan
2002 Royal Academy School of Art Fellow 02/03, London
2002 May Cristea Award for Painting
2001 Landseer Award for Painting
1998 Arte Viva Residency, Senagallia, Italy
1998 Cohn and Wolfe Awards 98 Finalist, Lethaby Gallery, London
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BIBLIOGRAPHY: -
11.06 ‘Painting People’, Charlotte Mullins – Thames and Hudson
5.2.05 ‘Academic Brilliance’, Daily Telegraph magazine, Colin Gleadall (image featured)
7.2003 ‘This weeks Champion’, Croydon Gaurdian (image featured)
7.2003 ‘Artist in the last ten’, Croydon Advertiser (image featured)
1.11.2002 Metro Life, The Evening Standard, (image featured)
10.2002 ‘The Lexmark European Art Prize’, Art Preview (image featured)
9.2002 The new RA School, Art Review (image featured)
6.2002 ‘The Best of the Graduate Shows’, Art Review (image featured)
6.2002 ‘Hot off the Press’, RA Magazine, Morgan Falconer (image featured)
2.6.2002 ‘A Royal Revolt’, The Independent on Sunday, Arts Etc, Charlotte Mullins (image featured)
9.2001 ‘Follow the Leader’, Art Review (image featured)
5.2001 Artist Newsletter Magazine, (image featured)
20.4.2001 ‘Zeitfung fur Essen’, NRZ, Germnay, Essen (image featured)
2.3.2001 ‘Digitale Landschaften und neue Mythologien’, Germany, Essen (image featured)
24.2.2001 ‘The week in two minutes’, The Times (image featured)
27.2.2001 ‘Students get a show at the Royal Academy’, The Times, (image featured)
1.11.99 ‘Future Map’, Artist Newsletter magazine, (image featured)
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ARTIST STATEMENT: -
Matsunaga’s enigmatic paintings seem to fuse a multitude of references from ancient magics to cybernetics that all lead to a meditative sense of our universal human condition. Another perspective to seeing Matsunaga's paintings and drawings are that they are rooted in the Japanese background of a post nuclear bombed society and the cultural impact of that in relation to nature and fiction. Her works draw inspiration from contemporary Manga and mythology to reflect an increasingly technologised world where a new spirit of mind raises a range of questions to our relationship with nature, the unseen world of the magical and the spiritual.