Kaoru Shibuta

Jul 30, 2020

Kaoru Shibuta

605-0857 Yamamoto 102, Kozencho 142-1, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
+81 90 6332 0122


Artist in Residence


BASU Foundation India


Apr- Virtual Residency, SPAR, St.Petersburg
July Outof Blue Canary Island, Spain
Sep-Nov Kyoto Re:Search Wazuka, Japan
Nov-Feb/2021 Kamoe Art Center, Japan
Dec-Jan 2021 ASP Curatorial Program, Indonesia


October 『Eine kleine nachtmusik』 Lake Studios Berlin, Berlin
August Kyoto Re-search 2019, Wazuka
August 『Todd’s Delight』Kinokuni Trainart, Wakayama
July 『St.SONIC』Russia National Center of Contemporary Art NCCA, St. Petersburg
March 『Astro』Cassis Artist Residency, France


December 『Sarod birds』Chander Haat Residency, Kolkata
November 『Peh Khaw』Artist’s Point Meghalaya, India
August 『Earth Concerto no.4″ mediterranean ” 』Barcelona Center for Arts and Culture Espronceda
May 『Swan Style』 Lake Studious Berlin, Berlin


22 – 26 Jan COSMICALLY 2020 TRA TRAVEL gallery, Osaka
October “Feel mach cha” Kakegawa chaennale, Shizuoka
November Kagawa yama Nami Art Festival, Kagawa


2-10 Oct The power of Kyoto, Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto
13-24 Sep Kronos Art Festival, Santa Monica Museum of Barcelona
25 May Art Lover Ground # 13 Barcelona Art and Culture Center Esproncedapro
19 Apr- 4 May Uspace Gallery, Taipei
5 May Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2018, Lake studios berlin

Win a prize

Arte Laguna Prize, OutofBlue, Basu Foundation
20 Mar – 20 May Kunstsalon Ⅵ, Sprachsalon, Berlin
Mar – June DAGAZ GALLERY, Slovakia
Art Fair Asia Fukuoka 2018, 2019 Gallery Award , Audience Award
Asia Design Art Exhibition Phnom Penh 2018
Yamato Illustration Design Competition, Japan 2020,2018,2016


Royal Park Hotel Haneda Tokyo
Lake Studios Berlin
Cassis Artist Residency, France
Picasso Pupils, India
Barcelona Center for Arts and Culture Espronceda
Chander Haat Residency, India
Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Trainart Art Festival, Japan

Artist statement

Kaoru Shibuta translate musical notes into images and contemporary installations. In addition, through local culture and energy of atmosphere, he create a poetic symphony composed of images, colours and harmony, which is a perfect fusion between nature, music and art.

“If Mozart is the one who composes music to link the terrestrial world to the celestial world, I am the one who undertakes him to propagate it with my painting. If Beethoven composed to surpass philosophy,then I undertake to give them a shape with my paintings. J・S・Bach is the old testament Bible of the classical music.”


Criticism: Savina Tarsitano, artist and Co-founder Espronceda Institute of Art & Culture, Barcelona

Over the century’s art and music deals with emotions, stories, feelings, a perfect combination where the melody, the musical notes are intertwined with the brush strokes of the artists, as in the works of Vasilij Kandinsky and Paul Klee. During the twentieth century there was a constant and progressive theoretical reflection on the musical dimension by important representatives of the pictorial avant-garde. There is an evolution in this relationship that leads artists to break down musical notes to create a different approach by overcoming the classicism one. The young artist Shibuta immerses himself in the musical world to recreate that melody in the forms of his paintings. Over 10 years his artistic research is based on the investigation of the melody generates by nature and music, he believes on the importance to paint the music, to connect the two worlds to bring the audience in a parallel dimension. His works remind the form of Miro, as his painting “An die Freude” underlining his interest of the European art linked with a Japanese interpretation based on the concept of the aesthetics of the forms, the gaze and nature, to create a melody poetry. Its influence derives not only from music but also from the melody of nature, from those invisible, harmonious sounds such the wind, the air, the rain, the sun. The two worlds intertwine to create a dancing painting that expresses both the Japanese and the western tradition, as his works influenced by Bach and Beethoven, a bridge between East and West, between meditation and the aesthetics of culture Japanese for nature and shapes. Shibuta wants to create a symphony by using different techniques from acrylic, to oil, tempera, Japanese sheets. In his last exhibition at Tra Transit Art Hub Osaka “Cosmically” he showed his works that deals with the notes of music from Bach, Beethoven and other artists. Each painting deals with a specific Symphony bring us in the musical notes as the painting “La Campanella inspired to the live performance of the pianist Ingrid Fujiko Heming where the flow of notes is melded with the rhythm of the colours. We can observe his works is a meticulous one as a musical composition where nothing is left to the chaos, but every detail has the right place, as we can see in hiw work “Le Nozze di Figaro” His works make us to reflect on our world, on the importance to listen nature, to observe those little details that help us to remember the beauty of the small things, on our culture as his work “Jeunehomme 2012-2020” And as Karou Shibuta wrote: “If Mozart composed to link the terrestrial world to the celestial world, then I undertake to spread them with my paintings”. If Beethoven composed to surpass philosophy, then I undertake to give them a shape with my paintings.