Ryuji Goto


I was born in Japan, a self-taught painter and craft maker. I have been selling my art and craft work at local artisan markets since I have started to spend more time as a full time artist a few years ago.


I like the words ' Mixed Media' : I have been trying to express in as many various ways as possible.


My ultimate dream artwork would be the cave paintings by prehistoric humankind, desire to create something tangible for a practical reason or for a sake of joy of shaping images and not be satisfied with just hunting, eating and sleeping.


I am also a Buddhist married to a Christian, I cherish the amalgamation and hope that my artwork manages to show the essence of it too.



Digital Channel>Manchester Open 2020 Meet the Artist: Ryuji Goto

Manchester Open 2020 Meet the Artist: Ryuji Goto

Thu 9 Jan 2020

Part of:Manchester Open Exhibition 2020

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be speaking to some of the artists who were selected to exhibit their work as part ofManchester Open 2020,delving deeper into the people who make up the fantastic body of 400+ participating artists from across the North West, and bringing you closer to their work.

For our first Manchester Open 2020 artist in focus, we spoke toRyuji Goto.


When did you first take up art? What’s your artistic background?
I drew a massive picture of a face on outside bathroom wall with a charcoal from the open hearth when I was a child over 55 years ago. I’m a self-taught artist except a short course of mixed media adult learning class attended when I turned 60.


How did you feel when you found out you had been chosen for the Manchester Open?
Fantastic but a little scared.


Where do you find your inspiration?
Memories and imagination.


What do you think art brings to your life?
A new purpose and a feeling of self-worth.


Which artist(s) do you admire?
Jennie Keegan – adult evening mixed media class teacher
Ken Occhan – My childhood hero, Manga artist


Tell us an interesting story about yourself & your work:
I do not like to throw away anything. I use saved papers, card boards and other domestic unwanted items to create things without any particular concept of artistic technique or medium. I like to weave an anecdote into my work. I find it amusing to get surprised by an unexpected result from a mistake I thought I made.


You can view more of Ryuji’s workhere. 


Mask no. 132 & 133 : Stag beetle and Tengu (a Japanese folklore mountain goblin)



Harvest Festival in Japan

Stockport Open Art Exhibition 2019