Masaki Yada

Masaki Yada


Born in Tokyo, Masaki Yada reinterprets spiritual symbolism through his detailed and intricate paintings, simultaneously creating an edgy and dark atmosphere within his works. Investigating the inner self through the Freudian psychology, Yada’s subjects include abstract gestures behind hyperrealistic still life and figurative elements.


Masaki Yada was born in 1979, Tokyo, and he currently lives and works in Berlin, London and Tokyo. Beyond emulating their visual and spiritual accomplishments, he relishes the challenge of reinterpreting their work and making it relevant to contemporary culture. Masaki looks to the use of symbolism that spread across 17th century Dutch still life painting to create edgy, dark paintings. His work is also a testimonial, and an advocate, of demands for quality rising among young artists and collectors, rather than intangible conceptual art.

After completing a degree in Fine Art, at Central Saint Martins Art and Design College, and a Post Graduate Diploma, at Chelsea Art and Design College, he was the Artist in Residence at the Florence Trust Studios, the Muse at 269 Studio & Gallery, was shortlisted for the Celeste Art Prize in 2006, and won several painting awards in England, Spain and Japan. Masaki Yada has exhibited his work in England, Paris, Miami and Italy, including the forthcoming Florence Biennale.

His work is held in the Zabludowicz Collection, as well as other private collections in London, China and the United States.


2012 MA Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths College, University of London
2011 MA Fine Art, Chelsea Art and Design College
2008 Post Graduate Diploma, Chelsea Art and Design College, London
2006 BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins Art and Design College, London
2003 Foundation Diploma, Chelsea Art and Design College, London

Artist in Residence

2014 Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin
2009 Cite Internationale des Art, Paris
2008 Florence Trust Studios, Islington, London
2007 The Muse at 269, 269 Portobello Road London


2009 First Prize, the Open West, Cheltham
2006 Celesta Art Prize, shortlisted, London
2002 European beauty international public offering Spanish grand prix spreading/ displaying, Sun Tongue tail city, Spain
2001 Museum of ‘MIURA’ Painting Award, shortlisted, Japan
2001 Hitachioota Painting Prize, shortlisted, Japan

Selected Exhibitions

Ransom Gallery, London

Art Grain, Berlin
From the Univeristy Collection, University of London Arts

'Lost Image in Memories', Zero 10, London
Young Masters, The Cynthia Corbette project, London
AIR retrospective, Muse Gallery, London

'Iconoclasts', Lloyds Club, sponsored by the Rothschild Collection, London

'The Art of Display', The Courtauld Institute of Art, Summerset House,
'Mostra itinerante', Alexandropolis, Isola di Samothrace, Technopolis Athene, Russia, China

Marco Grassi / Grama

Marco Grassi / Grama

Massimo Giannoni

Massimo Giannoni