Nori Shirasu


Born in Nagoya, Japan, nationally and internationally renowned multi-media artist begun 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 Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics Opening Reception, LA Art Show, E3 the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Westime magazine, the ArcLight Cinema Exhibition, special events with LA28, Google, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermès Perfume, Toshiba, LPL Finance and Fox’s TV show “The Simpsons”, a high profile charity work with actor Danny Glover and City of Hope as well as painting several murals for American Apparel to name a few.

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. The film was selected as semi-finalist at Big Apple Film
Festival in 2021.

Artist also studied theater arts with Broadway star, Obba Babatundé and the Jazz Tap Percussionist Ardie Bryant, 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.” Nori was also featured in the TV show “Soul Train” from 1998 to 2000.

He teaches calligraphy, Sumi-e and Anime, 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 culture, architecture, dance and nightlife as inspiration for his fine arts.


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