Art critic, Boguslaw Mansfeld compared Tagami Masakatsu's works with that of Bosch and Goya, whereby "in a world of stones, sky and naked existence, a shocking and unsettling loneliness is exposed. As the artist suggests, this loneliness holds anger. Here, various universal virtues are lost and mankind loses its meaning of life." Masakatsu's melancholy portraits, and old fashioned fantasy worlds, are respites from the colourful, zany animation that are de-rigueur in Japanese art today. Initially graduating from the University of Yamaguchi with a philosophy degree, Masakatsu later studied at the Taka Art Institute.