Nori Shirasu


Nori Shirasu is an international, Japanese-American multimedia artist, who first broke into the entertainment world as a featured dancer on the American music dance television show, Soul Train. Shirasu has continued to build a name for himself in both the art and entertainment industries.

Early Years and Education
Shirasu was born in Nagoya, Japan, where he showed noteworthy artistic talent as a child. In 1997, he earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from, Chubu University and shortly after, moved to the U.S. In 2004, Shirasu earned a master’s degree in studio arts from California State University, Los Angeles.

Shirasu has participated in numerous studio and commercial projects throughout Los Angeles including the Tokyo Olympics Opening Reception, LA Art Show, E3 the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Westime Magazine and the ArcLight Cinema Exhibition. He has also participated in special events with international companies such as: Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Toshiba and LPL Finance. Shirasu and his work has also been connected to high profile charity events and he has painted several murals for the clothing retailer, American Apparel.

Shirasu also studied theater arts with Broadway star, Obba Babatundé, learned the vocabulary of Bebop music from Jazz Tap Percussionist, Ardie Byrant, and appeared in several commercials, videos and television shows including an IBM’s 100-year Anniversary commercial, a Virgin mobile commercial, Beyonce’s “Run the World” video, and the television show, “1,000 Ways to Die.”

In 2018, the short film Shirasu made with actor/musician Pauletta Washington was nominated for the best Animation & Experimental film category and was screened at the Smithsonian African American Film Festival in Washington DC. In 2021, Nori completed his short film “Shifting Point,” which he produced, wrote, directed, animated, narrated, edited and composed. In the film, he juxtaposed our past and some of today’s reality such as environmental issues and racism, to discuss and question about our identities, purposes, as well as our future.

He also teaches calligraphy and Sumi-e, and leads workshops in these traditional Japanese Arts as many area museums and institutions including Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, USC Pacific Asia Museum, the Getty Center museum to name a few.


Nomination for The Best Animation & Experimental Film The Smithsonian African American Film Festival


Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics Opening Reception at Los Angeles Coliseum

As a Japanese calligrapher, wrote honorable guests’ names including gold medalists Carl Lewis, Keith Gabel, Candace Cable and Nathan Adrian.

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

Westime’s “Extraordinary” magazine at Westime Beverly Hills

A painting, 60”x36”, acrylic on canvas, for a cover image. An interview for the article, page 34-36.

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