SHIN was born in 1965 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. In 1990, SHIN followed his dreams as an aspiring musician to study to Los Angeles. During his brief stay there, he was exposed to various forms of Airbrushing street performances, which changed his outlook on art.
Airbrushing is an art form that requires a real eye and a keen sense to create something special. Unlike painting by a normal brush, when creating an airbrushed picture, you have to have distance from the original picture. The main characteristics of airbrushed work are great color graduation and its expression.
By many artists, airbrushing is better known as painting by a machine rather than by hand. Hand painting is a lot more of a sensitive art form than airbrushing, which traditionally uses molds. Instead, SHIN created a new technique by capturing the strokes of a paint brush in traditional paintings. This freehand technique was what amazed people about SHIN’s work.
After returning to Japan, he educated himself and started producing Airbrushing work himself, using the same techniques used in other industries such as Automobiles, Bicycles, Leather Apparel, and Guitars. However, he began questioning the airbrushing technique in Japan, so he shifted his outlook towards the international market.
After some time, SHIN picked Erotic Art to be his specialty, always wanting realism and seeking evaluation of his brush techniques by other artists. This is when he established a relationship with Mr. Sorayama, who is the master of Erotic Art, and introduced SHIN into the world of Erotic Art. Through his mentorship, SHIN’s work began to be recognized by people around the world.
In December 2001 and February 2002, SHIN had his first own exhibitions at Echo Gallary in Chicago.
In April 2002 “The Art of SHIN” was published by MR Publishing. Since then, original pictures have been displayed at several galleries. SHIN’s original works were also displayed at SEMA Show in Las Vegas, three series from 2005.
In 2005 SHIN released “SHIN Real Airbrush Technique VL 123” and he has also worked as instructor of Iwata Certified Airbrush.
In 2005, SHIN began collaborating with Fernandes Guitar Co. to create his DRAGON Guitar model. Because SHIN’s heart was originally in music,he felt that Guitar Art is another one of
his great strengths along with airbrushing. He has been influenced by a variety of artwork that many popular guitarists over the years have used.
He has designed and produced guitar art for other famous artists, such as (any names we could use here?). This motivated him into art of “DRAGON,” which his artwork was used for automotive companies such as Lamborghini and Ferrari. He has recently expanded his brush work into other areas such as Nail Art and Body Art, and his work is well recognized at historical temples, for expressing not only tradition, but brilliance and solidarity.
Through SHIN´s work, he strives to bring out the unexpected and an element of surprise out of people. This is what he strives for out of his work. We look forward to seeing what he creates in the future.