Yamamoto Ryuki was born in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan in 1976. He received the Winner's Award at URBANART #6 in 1997. He graduated with a BA from Tokyo Zokei University in 2001. In 2005, he received the 8th Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art – Outstanding Award. From 2011-2014, he was invited and sponsored by the POLA Art Foundation (Japan) to study art in Beijing; during this period, he also held numerous solo exhibitions in Japan, Beijing, and Shanghai. In most of Yamamoto Ryuki's works, he uses his own portrait as the subject. This had led to his paintings expressing his personal style, while preserving the appellation of the "reproduced self-portrait". During his time in Beijing, he had many levels of exchanges with Chinese contemporary art. This has imbued his works with a painterly style that express both traditional culture and contemporary art.