Born in Miyagi prefecture. 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 now hangs in the State Capitol after being purchased by the Hawaii State Foundation for the Arts.
Shin’s current style now focuses on serene Hawaiian nature using his uniquely-created “Nihon-ga” method which he creates at his residence in Honolulu, Hawaii. He states that his ancestors speak through his brush in pastoral, warrior, and spiritual ways. Clients have expressed that his art brings beauty, peace, and strength to their home and office environments.
1947: Born in Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
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”.
May, 2018: Exhibit at Hawaii State Art Museum "50 artists, Art in Time"
2020: Exhibit at Fishcake, coming soon