Detailed balloon sculptures by Masayoshi Matsumoto

Practice makes perfect. And after 10 years of blowing and twisting balloons into a wide range of intricately formed balloon sculptures, the works of Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto are just that. He captures the unique anatomy of various species from the animal kingdom that includes a squid, a chicken, and an array of insects.

Masayoshi breathes life into his eclectic collection of animals, bugs, and plant life using a variety of opaque, metallic, and translucent balloons. He refuses the need for any additional materials such as adhesive, markers, or other embellishments, and instead uses different colours, textures, and sometimes, even deflated balloons to mimic their anatomy.

Insect sculpture made from balloons
Masayoshi Matsumoto balloon sculptures

“A lot of my work revolves around nature because I’ve been fascinated with it since I was very young,” Masayoshi said.

Each of his balloon sculptures is decided intuitively and is dictated by whatever he feels like making at the moment. Once he’s done designing a particular piece, a single piece could take upwards of 3-6 hours, depending on how many folds and colours the animal or insect might require. Majestic mammals, graceful birds, and pesky insects with their incredibly textural exoskeletons are only part of Masayoshi’s body of work. Fauna aside, Masayoshi also portrays plants and fungi, including cacti and morel mushrooms. If you want to discover more of his inflatable balloon sculptures, see his full collection on InstagramBehance, and Twitter.

Insect sculpture made from balloons
Parrot balloon sculpture
Masayoshi Matsumoto mushroom sculpture
Balloon squid