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  • CountryJapan
  • Born1969


Shimabuku is a Japanese Artist, inspired by situationist deviations. Working in installation, sculpture, drawing, writing, photography, video and performance allows the artist to create interventions between the interactions of people, animals, plants and the mineral world to push the boundaries between imagination and the physical reality. This creates new situations characterised by simple actions and events based on great economy of means, which engage his participation or that of others. 

Shimbaku was one of eight artists invited to participate in ‘Travellers Tales’ at Iniva in 2001. The web-based project is a visual and textual ‘map’ that concerns the experience of travel – real or imagined – and invites viewers to make journeys all over the world 

Shimabuku’s works has been shown in several institutions around the world including the Barbara Wien, Berlin (2017); Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles (2016); Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid (2016); Wilkinson Gallery, London (2015); Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (2014). His work The Snow Monkeys of Texas: do snow monkeys remember snow mountains? was shown in the 57th Venice Biennale as part of ‘Viva Arte Viva’ in 2017. 

Shimbaku graduated from San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. 

He lives and works in Naha, Japan.

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