Shinya Masuda was born 1965 in Nagoya, Japan. He graduated from Nagano Art and Design School in Visual Communication Design. Formerly a chef and trained by the renowned photographer HASHi, he now works as a professional photographer in Tokyo. He is currently working on new images, depicting the animals, to include in his ongoing project HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU.
Shinya Masuda’s works visualize the complexity of familial relationships. Carrying on family traditions while claiming a self-determined path has long been the subject of novels and films. Masuda uses the objects in his daily life that signify relationship and the conflicting way of love, enmity, and reconciliation.
Shinya Masuda's signature work "HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU" was first exhibited at The Center for Fine Art Photography, USA, in 2016, and since, it has been critically acclaimed and widely noticed through out various counties. Awards and achievements include: 2016: ‟FAUX Exhibition”The Center for Fine Art Photography,State of Colorado Fort Collins ,USA【Director's Honorable Mention】 2017: ‟Sony World Photography Awards 2017”Somerset House , London ,UK【Professional ,Still Life, 2nd Place 2017: ”The FENCE 2017”,Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Santa Fe, Durham, and Denver ,USA【WINNER】 2017: "Photo District News (PDN) "THE SEVENTH ANNUAL EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD WINNER"【WINNER】 2017: "Lens Culture Emerging Talent Awards Winners"【WINNER】Klompching Gallery ,Brooklyn, NY
"El Condor Pass" is a kind of spin-off project from "HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU." First exhibited in 2017, and the same year it was exhibited in ‟8th Annual Center Forward Exhibition”The Center for Fine Art Photography ,State of Colorado Fort Collins ,USA 【Director's Honorable Mention】 with critical praise. It is the work that exemplify his forte: to visually explore the family relationship.
Masuda is included in numbers of shows as an invited artist including: 2017: Sony World Photography Awards 2017” Sony Imaging Gallery Ginza ,Tokyo, 2017: "LensCulture Winter Exhibition 2017” 2018: "PhotoSummer- Color Cue: Explorations in Perception Projection" Currents New Media Festival,Santa Fe. 2018: "LENSCULTURE EMERGING TALENT AWARD EXHIBTION"Klompching Gallery ,Brooklyn, NY,
Masuda's solo exhibitions include: 2017: “HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU”Sony Imaging Gallery Ginza, Tokyo 2016: “KATSUKO” Artemis Art Gallery, Publika, Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards Exhibition)
In October of 2018, Masuda will be exhibiting at Art festival in Italy as an invited artist.