Michihiro Matsuoka (born in Aichi, Japan) has been interested in weathered devices and natural objects since he can remember, and his works are inspired by what he experienced and received at that time. He has exhibited his works at art events in Japan and worldwide and has received high acclaim. He visually expresses the passage of time through rust, distortion, and deteriorated peeling paint and creates creatures that are a fusion of devices and objects used. His nostalgic and mysterious imaginary creatures with gentle physiques and rugged mechanical elements attract fans.
His roots as a plastic artist go back to his student days.
It was an analog age when traveling abroad was not as commonplace as it is today, and there was no Internet or smartphones. He was strongly attracted to foreign cultures and products that he had not yet seen.
Cars with original and unique designs. A record played by a disc as big as a heel. Stylishly designed foreign sweets in rugged cans. Some were richly colored and shined like jewels. Others have a taste that has decayed over time. They were exciting fragments of the future that pressed close to his heart.
Eventually, the essence of these things was incorporated into his work.
In 2005, his solo exhibition debut at "Rusty memory" Gallery TATSUA. 2018, his solo exhibition, "SABI ~Absolute three-dimensionalism" at Sansai Art Museum / Beijing China 2018 has attracted attention not only to fans in Japan but also to sculpture fans from around the world. In 2021, he held a solo exhibition "Bizarre Animals" in Tokyo. From mechanical whales, rabbits, and goldfish to creatures made of clay, his works stimulate the creativity of all people who love modeling.