About Kotaro Machiyama


1980 in Japan

Lives and Works:

Tokyo, Japan


Bachelor, Tokyo Zokei University of Art and design subject dye major graduation, Tokyo, Japan, 2004


Rise Art Prize, highly commended, United Kingdom, 2017
J-WAVE TIME TABLE, Grand prize, Tokyo, Japan, 2017
Sapporo Pre-Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibit, Sapporo, Japan, 2011

About the artist

Kotaro Machiyama is a Japanese artist who paints captivating abstract pieces. Kotaro works predominantly in acrylics, creating bold, colourful canvases inspired by the beauty of time and space. We love the alternative universe that the artist creates with colour and shape; each canvas sucks you into its own little world, overpowering both the eye and the mind.

The artist works as both a painter and an illustrator, having majored in Dye at the Tokyo Zokei University of Art & Design.

Kotaro has won a number of awards in Japan, including the Daikokuya Contemporary Art Award and the International Art & Design Visual Art Award at 6F Citizens Gallery.

Need to know

  • Kotaro Machiyama has won a number of awards for his abstract paintings.
  • The artist has twice placed in the top 3 in the ARTslant Showcase competition in the US.
  • Kotaro's bold and energetic abstracts would add vibrancy to any interior.
Adriana Marques

The Insider Adriana Marques says:

"The simplicity and beauty of Machiyama's works capture me every time. In one glance I think I see the detail of a much larger picture that Machiyama has zoomed in on, and in another glance I see a new graphic world, as if I have been transported into the most sophisticated cartoon. Either way, their colours and composition will make a statement on any wall."

Kotaro Machiyama

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