Artist

Hironobu MATSUMOTO

Hironobu MATSUMOTO

World Map 2011

INTRODUCTION

World Map

MEGA City

A kaleidoscopic world map or view from the window of an airplane. While his subjects are large in scale, Matsumoto’s style of repeating motifs is meticulous, painstakingly depicting even the smallest of details. An avid reader of illustrated books and atlases, he was interested in living things, space, and history as a child. In his garden studio, he doesn’t hesitate when choosing a color from 300 colored pencils and 100 water-based pens. He draws freehand without the aid of rulers, erasers, or correction fluid. His bright, beautiful colors and shapes harmonize and resonate with each other so well that it is difficult to read any negative emotions from his work at first glance. However, he says that he has woven in deep-seated memories of fear, sadness, and anxiety that are difficult to put into words. For Matsumoto, drawing is an essential part of life, an act that both helps to suppress and heal delicate, wavering emotions.

PROFILE

A kaleidoscopic world map or view from the window of an airplane. While his subjects are large in scale, Matsumoto’s style of repeating motifs is meticulous, painstakingly depicting even the smallest of details. An avid reader of illustrated books and atlases, he was interested in living things, space, and history as a child. In his garden studio, he doesn’t hesitate when choosing a color from 300 colored pencils and 100 water-based pens. He draws freehand without the aid of rulers, erasers, or correction fluid. His bright, beautiful colors and shapes harmonize and resonate with each other so well that it is difficult to read any negative emotions from his work at first glance. However, he says that he has woven in deep-seated memories of fear, sadness, and anxiety that are difficult to put into words. For Matsumoto, drawing is an essential part of life, an act that both helps to suppress and heal delicate, wavering emotions.

Born in 1991 in Hokkaido, Matsumoto currently resides in Kumamoto Prefecture. He began drawing at just two years old and was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at the age of three. His works often reflect his current interests and concerns, which he transforms by painting them as he perceives them. He creates delicate and colorful artworks after choosing a color without hesitation from his collection of over 300 colored pencils and 100 water-based pens, never using a ruler, eraser, or whiteout. Matsumoto has participated in numerous exhibitions, including VOCA: The Vision of Contemporary Art (Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2021 and 2025), Art As It Is: Expressions from the Obscure (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, 2020), Outsider Art Fair (New York, 2020), and KOMOREBI: Une exposition d’art brut japonais (Le Lie