Born in Chiba Prefecture, 1974. After graduating with a doctorate from the Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Fine Arts in 2002, Iwama worked as an assistant education researcher at the same university before going to China in 2006 to study for three years under the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists.
He subsequently received research grants from UNION Foundation for Ergodesign Culture and the Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation and undertook creative research in East Asia. He is currently associate professor at Aichi University of the Arts’ Faculty of Art.
To date Iwama has exhibited numerous works at events such as Kyoto Arts Festival (Kyoto), Mogami Environmental Art Festival (Yamagata), Mori no hakobune art project (Fukushima), The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (Niigata), Chinese Biennale, and Wangsang International Art Festival (South Korea).
Iwama believes there is a need to see the not-so-distant future ten years from now from various angles and perspectives, in order to create the conditions for a new world view and knowledge in which diverse fields such as art, music, dance, architecture, agriculture, sociology and life studies have resonance beyond their domain. Thus, in recent times he has engaged in collaborative projects and educational programs with different age groups and in different fields as director of projects such as the Toride Art Project “Han-nō Han-gei” (Ibaraki), Naka-Boso International Art Festival ICHIHARA ART x MIX (Chiba) and Onomichi AIR MUSEUM (Hiroshima).