Nori Shirasu


Born in Nagoya, Japan, nationally and internationally renowned multimedia artist Nori Shirasu began painting at an early age. In 1997, after receiving a bachelor's degree in architecture from Chubu University, he moved to California. He earned a master’s degree in studio arts from California State University, Los Angeles in 2004. Nori has been featured in numerous studio and commercial projects throughout Los Angeles including the LA Art Show, E3 the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Anime Expo, Westime magazine cover project, the ArcLight Cinema Art Exhibition, special events with Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermès Perfume, Toshiba and LPL Finance, a charity work with actor Danny Glover and City of Hope as well as painting several murals for American Apparel to name a few. Most recently, he painted a live mural at the inauguration ceremony of University of Southern California’s new president Dr. Carol L Folt. The mural is now installed permanently in her new office. In 2018, the short film Nori made with actor/musician Pauletta Washington was nominated in the best Animation & Experimental film category and screened at the Smithsonian African American Film Festival in Washington DC. Nori is also an accomplished actor and dancer. Started as a featured Soul Train dancer, he has since appeared in commercials, videos and short films. He teaches calligraphy and Sumi-e, and leads workshops in these traditional Japanese Arts as many area museums and institutions. He draws on his nationality, experiences in America and love of Jazz & Hiphop music, architecture, and dance as inspiration for his fine arts.


The Best Animation & Experimental Film Nominee The Smithsonian African American Film Festival


Calligrapher at The Chinese Lunar New Year Event, Prada Store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA

Live Painting Performance at USC President Carol L Folt Inauguration Ceremony, University of Southern California

Anime Portrait Artist at Anime Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center

Live Art Performance at The Electronic Entertainment Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center

Live Calligraphy Performance at LPL Financial Event, JW Marriott Marco Island, Florida

Live Painting Performance at The Lot Studios (Sponsored by Fete Los Angeles), West Hollywood, CA

Calligrapher at The Chinese Lunar New Year Event, Prada Store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA

Online Art Exhibition & Sales at Vango Art

Online Art Exhibition & Sales at Vango Art

POP UP ART SHOW 2017 at Manhattan Beach Art Center, Manhattan Beach, CA

Untitiled at Manhattan Beach City Hall, Manhattan Beach, CA

“Illuminate” Creative Event at The Great Company, Los Angeles, CA

Inspiration of Mucis at LA Artcore – Union Station, Los Angeles, CA

Music Beyond Sound at Brushstrokes and Beverages, Long Beach, CA

Self Deconstruction at ArcLight Cinemas at Beach Cities, El Segundo, CA

The Art of Nori Shirasu at Mr. Music Head, Hollywood, CA

The Sister City Los Angeles at LA Art Show 2010 @ LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Chosen as a Nagoya Japan Native Artist who lives in Los Angeles.

Uplifting at Cush, Beverly Hills, CA

Japanese Exhibition at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA

Very Spontaneous at LA Artcore – Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA

Graduation Thesis “Very Spontaneous” at Cal State LA, Los Angeles, CA