Profile

Fine Art Photography Collections
Art Consultant
Creative Director


Born in Ginza and raised in Nihonbashi and Aoyama, Tokyo.

Until the age of 15, Masako Somogye Wheeler grew up in a 450 years old traditional Japanese cultured family in Tokyo. She attended the Yokohama American high school where she met Tina Lutz (later Tina Chow) and got influenced from the 60's pop culture. In 1969, she moved to New York with a sponsorship from Idemitsu oil company and studied at the New York University and the School of Visual Art, where she graduated with honors. She then worked for museums and galleries and met many people in the art-world. She has also studied and worked in Paris for some years where she originally built her photograph collections. 

She resides in New York City, Tokyo and Bali.


President of:

Somogye & Associates, Inc. (Fine Art consulting)

East-West Cultural Studies, NY (Non-Profit Art Foundation)

Tokyo Violet / Photo Studio, NY 

Le Salon Violet / Private Art Salon, NY 

Art & Design Guest House, Tokyo