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Hiroshi Shinno

Hiroshi Shinno (b. 1979) creates “Ikimono (life)” sculptures. The ideas behind his works are greatly influenced by environmental concerns. He represents voices of nature which mankind ignores easily or alters only for our convenience.  "Ikimono (life) sculpture" is a series of a single beetle-like creature, which reflects his love and ideals toward nature. Shinno's relationship with nature goes back to his childhood and it is the source of his creativity. Whether he is in the residential area or the countryside, he often walks around and picks up pieces of nature. Naturally, the characteristics of the Japanese climate or any other climates are brought into his sculptures. The selected pieces, such as flowers, plants, seeds and leaves, are carefully cast using synthetic resin. Shinno constructs his sculptures with these small parts in order to embody his imagination in the form of “Ikimono” creatures. One could say they are the embodiment of the real-world and fantasy by virtue of the unworldly beauty and precise craftsmanship in the artwork. 


1979      Born in Kyoto

2003      Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design Western painting department

2009      Graduated from Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna, Austria

<selected solo exhibitions>

2008      "Insects-SONGSONG" / Vienna, Austria

2009      Vienna fair / Vienna, Austria

2010      “Fuyumushi Natsukusa” / TANADA Peace Gallery, Kyoto

2011      "Ikitoshi Ikimono"/YOD Gallery, Osaka

2012      "Ikitoshi Ikimono"/ Art Fair Tokyo 2012, Tokyo (exhibited from YOD Gallery)

              "Lively 'Ikimono' "/ Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo

              "Lively 'Ikimono' " / Art Taipei 2012, Taipei, Taiwan (exhibited from YOD Gallery)

2014      "Fantasy Collection Room" / YOD Gallery, Osaka

              "Mikrokosmos⇔Makrokosmos" Exhibition / Karuizawa New Art Museum, Karuizawa, Nagano

2015      VOLTA NY/ New York, USA (exhibited from YOD Gallery)

              VOLTA 11/ Basel, Switzerland (exhibited from YOD Gallery)

2016      Hiroshi Shinno Solo Exhibition / Gallery Den mym, Kyoto

              APMoA Project, ARCH vol.19 Hiroshi Shinno, Higetsune / Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi

              PULSE Mimi Beach 2016 / Florida, USA (exhibited from YOD Gallery)


<selected group exhibitions>

2008      Artist in Residence "Aquarell Happening" / Tyrol, Austria

2009      "We" MARIO MAURONER CONTEMPORARY ART / Salzburg, Austria

              Artist-in-Residence "European Researchers Night" BIO CENTER / Vienna, Austria

2011      ART FAIR KYOTO 2011 / Hotel Monterey Kyoto, Kyoto (exhibited from YOD Gallery)

              ART OSAKA 2011 / Hotel Granvia Osaka, Osaka (exhibited from YOD Gallery)

              ART FAIR TOKYO 2011 / Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo (exhibited from YOD Gallery)

              HANARART/Uda City, Nara

              Satoyama Laboratory - Matsudai "Agricultural Stage" Gallery, Niigata

2012      Earth Art Festival Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012/Niigata

2013      Kaiyu De Art 2013 / Kaiyu Museum, Ikebukuro, Tokyo

              Summer Memories Forest Dreams-Mysterious Kimonos / Yamazaki Mazak Museum, Aichi

2014      Summer vacation! Ikimono Illustrated Book-Gunma Prefectural Tatebayashi Museum of Art / Gunma

2015      "This is a living thing" / Borderless Art Museum NO-MA, Shiga

2017      Phenotype-Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

              Me and Toshizen-Mizuunan/Kyoto

              Gakuen-mae Art Festa 2017-Memento Mori-/ Nara

2018      Earth Art Festival Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018 / Niigata

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