LOIVE Group Show
2016-01-16 – 2016-02-20

Erik Swars Mariko Matsushita Ren Hang Shinji Ihara Takayuki Nomura Yasushi Ebihara Yukimasa Ida Yuto Kasai


Vernissage 2016-01-16   1800 – 2100


“LOIVE” -group show-

January 16 (Sat) - February 20 (Sat), 2016
14:00 - 22:00
Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays

matchbaco is pleased to present “LOIVE”, a group exhibition featuring 8 artists, will be running from January 16 (Sat) - February 20 (Sat), 2016.

Exhibiting Artists

Erik Swars


Erik Swars was born 1988 in Leipzig, Germany. He studied under Jochen Plogsties in Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and graduated in 2016. He also studied from O JUN in Tokyo National University of the Arts from 2013 March until 2014 February. He now works in Spinnerei Leipzig, a former spinning factory now known as a source of contemporary art.

While continuing the genealogy of the new Leipzig school represented by Neo Rauch, Swars began oil painting with innovative ideas, along with a wide variety of works including prints and sculptures. He creates dynamic, semi-abstract paintings with concepts of “the past, present, and future self”, “the relationship between the authority of State and government and individuals,” or “the connection between nature and humanity.”


  • "ICH" published by matchbaco, 2015
  • "Adyton" published by matchbaco, 2014

Mariko Matsushita


Born 1980 in Osaka. Matsushita obtained a B.F.A in oil painting from Kyoto City University of the Arts in 2004. Lives in Tokyo.

Her solo show has been held twice at our gallery, “MARIKO” in October 2015 and “id” in October 2016.

She confronts with human “Sex” and “Death”. Primarily paintings, her works has a touch of fleshy carnal existence and a unique sense of colors. 

Matsushita received Grand Prize for "2nd CAFAA" Award in 2016, organized by the Contemporary Art Foundation.


  • July - September, 2017: Delfina Foundation, London


  • "MARIKO" published by matchbaco, 2015


  • pays des fees, 2017
  • Acha Tyumu, 2017


  • "The Window of Arts" February Issue (Japan), 2017
  • "ART iT" (Japan), 2016
  • "Bijyutsutecho" December Issue (Japan), 2016
  • "CINRA.NET" (Japan), 2016
  • "TOKYODANDY" (Japan), 2015
  • "PURPLE DIARY" (France), 2015
  • "THE FASHION POST" (Japan), 2015
  • "bombmagazine" (U.S.A), 2014
  • "Illustration File 2014" (Japan), 2014
  • "+DESIGNING" (Japan), 2013

Ren Hang

Born 1987 in Changchun, Jilin Province, China, Ren Hang is now based in Beijing and widely regarded as one of China’s top young contemporary photographers, mostly taking pictures of friends in the nude at a time when “sex”continues to be taboo in China.

Not only are his colours captivatingly vivid, they are poetic and a lyrical sensation with young men and women posing as if veritably sculptured.

He has held numerous exhibitions in several world capital cities, such as Beijing, Paris, NY and Tokyo and also participated in international art fairs on numerous occasions; Paris Photo and Photo Basel. In 2010, he won the Italy third TERNA Prize for Contemporary Art.

In 2011 he self-published the photo books “REN HANG 2009-2011” and “ROOM”. Since then, he has also published a great number of notable books.

His works are already incorporated into the public collections of several museums; Multimedia Art Museum in Russia, CAFA Art Museum in China, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, US, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in China and the White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection in Australia.


  • 2016, ATHENS LOVE 雅典的爱, Session press, USA
  • 2016, 二月 FEBRUARY, Self-Published,China
  • 2016, 一月 JANUARY, Self-Published, China
  • 2015, 海鲜派对 Seafood Party, Self-Published, China
  • 2015, 上海游客 Shanghai Visitors, Self-Published, China
  • 2015, NEW LOVE 新欢, Session press, USA
  • 2015, 野生, Die Nacht, Germany
  • 2015, FOOD ISSUE, Same studio, China
  • 2014, PHYSICAL BORDERLINE, ThreeShadows +3 Gallery, China
  • 2013, THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT RUNS TOO FAST, Editions Bessard, France
  • 2013, SON AND BITCH, Neurasthenia, Taiwan
  • 2013, Republic, Éditions du LIC, Norway
  • 2013, MY DEPRESSION, Self-Published, China
  • 2012, NUDE, Self-Published, China 
  • 2011, ROOM, Self-Published, China 
  • 2011, REN HANG 2009-2011, Self-Published, China
  • 2013, Poem Collection of Renhang, Neurasthenia, Taiwan

Shinji Ihara


Born 1987 in Fukuoka prefecture. Ihara obtained M.F.A. in Oil Painting Materials and Techniques at Tokyo National University of the Arts in 2012. He is currently based in Hiroshima prefecture. 

His major solo exhibition at former matchbaco, “RENDEZVOUS” (December, 2015) and “Hakata Gion Yamakasa Otoko E-zu” (July - August, 2016) last year, are still fresh in memory.

His works are already incorporated by the Hiroshima City University Museum and the Luciano Benetton Imago Mundi Collection.

Featuring primarily male figures, Shinji Ihara looks to his close friends, his loved ones, and himself, exploring how one exist in relationship to others. Titillating and drawing the viewer into solitude and an inner esoteric world, his paintings hold a unique fixation; as a viewer, one is confronted with disquieting palpitations within our innermost primeval selves.

Ihara has had three major series of works so far. The MATSURI series feature his hometown Fukuoka’s feisty festival, the “Hakata Gion Yamakasa”. The LIFE series include portraits of himself and people in his life, while the S series portrays painter Atsushi Suwa.


  • "RENDEZVOUS" published by matchbaco, 2015

Takayuki Nomura

Born 1987, in Yamaguchi. Lives and works in Tokyo.

Graduated Oita University in 2010.

Yasushi Ebihara


Born 1976 in Ibaragi prefecture.

2001 M.F.A. Tokyo National University of the Arts.

Ebihara’s works range from the LUST series paintings of entwined hair, the dress series paintings of gorgeous couture items, to the exploration of single movie scenes in the NOISE series, and the Macaulay Culkin series, a symbolic child actor lost in existence.

Often inspired by small excerpts of contemporary film, his work draws attention to the fleeting beauty and tragic sentiments of existences that are exhausted by consumerism and faded away from our memories in the flow of time.

Taut and suspenseful, Ebihara’s oil paintings feature layer upon layer of delicate brushwork, while he works with sculpture, photography and performance as well. Through these various mediums, he revives the disappearing at the place of art.


  • "tarot" published by KEN NAKAHASHI, 2017
  • "if..." published by matchbaco, 2014


  • "Tarot CULKIN" Self-Published tarot cards, 2017

Yukimasa Ida

Born 1990 in Tottori prefecture.

Ida obtained a B.F.A. in oil painting from Tokyo National University of the Arts in 2016. In March 2016, his works were exhibited at “VOCA 2016”. In May, he received the Nawa Kohei Prize at the 3rd annual CAF Art Award organized by the Contemporary Art Foundation.

In December he held a solo exhibition “Star Child” at KEN NAKAHASHI, the first show since the gallery’s change of name and displayed the paintings he worked on in New York last Fall. Ida’s work focuses on the memories of “Ichigo-Ichie”, portraying the fleeting, chance encounter of people that surround him in the present moment, and the artist’s self-imagined backdrop. Titled The End of Today series, these works are painted in a day, while his brush is still driven by initial impulse.

Also, by depicting pigs and horses as a projection of human existence, he explores the depth of people, and converts this into an image in between abstract and concrete, reaching out to the existence of the subject itself.

Yuto Kasai

Yuto Kasai was born in Aomori, in 1988. He started taking photograph since his junior high school days.

He studied architecture at University then worked as an architect.

In 2013 he won the 2013’s 9th photography “1_WALL” Grand Prize. With this as a starting point he decided to move to Tokyo.

Selected solo exhibition include The solo exhibition of The 9th photography “1_WALL” Grand Prize winner “Sail to the Moon” at Guardian Garden in 2014 and “Multiple” at matchbaco(Current KEN NAKAHASHI) in 2015.