Toshio Shibata

TOSHIO SHIBATA (Japanese, born 1949)


1949     Born in Tokyo
1972     BFA Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music
1974     MFA Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music
1975     Studied at Royal Academy in Gent, Belgium
Lives and works in Tokyo



Ihei Kimura Prize, Asahi Newspaper Publishing Co.


Fellowship, Ministry of National Education and Dutch Culture


Fellowship, Ministry of National Education and Dutch Culture

Solo Exhibitions


"-Triangles- Toshio SHIBATA", Gallery ART UNLIMITED,Tokyo, Japan


"Wonders" Yoshiaki Inoeu Gallery, Osaka, Japan


"Water made" Gallery ART UNLIMITED, Tokyo, Japan


"Meaning of color" Gallery ART UNLIMITED, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collection; Museum / Special Collections
Art Museum at Vassar, Vassar College, NY, USA 
Bibliotrhe´que National, Paris, France 
Boise Museum of Art, Boise, ID USA 
Brookings Institute, Corporate Collection, USA 
Center for Creative Photography: The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ USA 
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA USA 
Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France 
International Museum of Photography; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY USA 
Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA USA 
La Maison de la Photo Europeenne, Paris, France 
La Salle Bank Collection, Chicago IL USA 
Meguro Museum of art, Tokyo, Japan 
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI USA 
Muse´es Royaux des beaux-arts, Brussels, Belgium 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston MA USA 
Museum Fu¨r Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany 
National Gallery of Canada, Toronto, ON Canada 
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV 
Paul Getty Museum, CA USA 
Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, MA USA 
Princeton University Art Museum, NJ USA 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA, USA 
Saint Louis Art Museum, MO, USA 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA USA 
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL USA 
The Bayly Museum; the University of Virginia, VA USA 
The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago, IL USA 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY USA 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX USA 
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY USA 
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, IL USA 
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan 
The Progressive Corporation, USA 
The University of Iowa Art Museum, IA USA 
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo 
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan 
Victoria and Albert Museum, London England 
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA USA 
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan 



Toshio Shibata

Through photographing the marking traces of human constructure such as dams and high-ways in nature, Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata's work has been called the newest form of contemporary landscape photography. The black and white geological faces was cut geometrically by civilization, capturing the transition of environment, exploring the conflicted and harmonized relationship between man-made landscape and nature. Winning much praise internationally by its Japanese aesthetic, the works were created by large format camera, then printed with gelatin silver on baryta paper. His work has been collected by major museums including Metropolitan Museum of Art.