Shin Ola Takahashi

Born in Miyagi prefecture, Shin graduated from Kuwazawa Design Institute in Japan. While working as a graphic designer, he became captivated by “Nihon-ga” (Japanese-style paintings). He then began to focus on “Jigoku-E” (hell scenes).

After his first exhibition in Tokyo, he moved in 1974 to Hawaii to become a pupil of Jean Charlot, a well-known Hawaii mural artist. With the support of the Charlot family, Shin began exhibiting his art in Hawaii. One of his paintings in the State Capitol after being purchased by Hawaii State Foundation Cultural and the Arts.

Exhibition History

1971: Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.
1974: Moved to Hawaii to become student of Jean Charlot.
1975: Exhibit at “The Dump” on King Street.
1976: Exhibit at Honolulu Hale (City Hall) “Discoveries” exhibition.
1976: One man show, at Positively King Street.
1977: Exhibit at Honolulu Hale (City Hall) “Drawing and Prints”.
1977: Exhibit and poetry reading with Kimie Takahashi, Manoa Valley Theater (HLAC).
1978: Exhibit “Painting and the Art of Concrete Poetry,” Queen Emma Gallery.
1978: Given the middle name “Ola” by Abraham Piianaia, Native Hawaiian scholar, professor of geography at the University of Hawaii.
June, 2013: Solo Exhibit at “Stand Up Eight” on King Street.
February, 2014: Exhibit at “Stand Up Eight” on King Street.
April, 2014: Exhibit at Midkiff Learning Center, Kamehameha School “Shinichi Takahashi & Westlake Concrete Poetry”.
May, 2014: Exhibit at Fishcake “KAKA’AKO water, land, people”.
June, 2014: Exhibit at Gallery ‘Iolani WCC “Westlake Art Invitational Reception”.