Ikebana Artist, RMIT University Short Courses
Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified teacher of Ikebana and has over 30 years experience in Ikebana. He studied under the late Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara.
Shoso was selected by Belle magazine as one of six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. His work was selected for International Floral Art 2014/2015 & 2016/2017, Stichting Kunstboek (Belgium).
His sculptural works have been featured in some of the major contemporary art exhibitions including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne Sculpture, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists Exhibition, and the New Wave Art Festival at the National Gallery of Victoria. He won the Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017. His commissions include a public work of art for the Archibald Award Exhibition 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Wye River Project as a part of the Lorne Sculpture 2016.
Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He is also qualified as a garden designer (Japan Horticultural Society) specialising in Japanese gardens. He is a vice president of International Society of Ikebana Research and he teaches Japanese Aesthetics at RMIT University Short Courses.
He is a founding director of Ikebana Gallery Award, Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival and Ikebana Dojo. He has numerous publications on Ikebana and contemporary art and is a regular contributor to the International Journal of Ikebana Studies.