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 the prestigious publication, 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 NGV. 

He won the Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017. His recent 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 part of the Lorne Sculpture 2016. 

A common theme through many of his works is harmony with nature's organic order and the relationship between man and nature, where man is a part of the natural order rather than the owner of it.

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 directer of International Society of Ikebana Studies and he teaches Japanese Aesthetics at RMIT Short Courses. 

He has numerous publications on Ikebana and contemporary art and is a regular contributor to Living Now, Dengon Net & the International Journal of Ikebana Studies.

Solo Exhibition
2013 Distilling Nature: Master of Fine Art Project, MADA Project Gallery, Monash University

Group Exhibitions (Selected)
2014 Lorne Sculpture
2013 Twenty Five Sculptures at the World Trade Centre,The WTC Gallery
Deakin University Small Contemporary Sculpture Award Finalists
2012 Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery (since 2010)
Glen Eira Artists' Exhibition, Glen Eira City Council Gallery
Lorne Sculpture         
2010 Greater Than One, Monash University Faculty Gallery         

Commissioned Works / Special Displays (Selected)
2016 Wye River Project, Lorne Sculpture
2015 Public Artwork for Archibald Award Exhibition, Ballarat Art Gallery 
2014 Light On / Light Off, Upper West Side, Melbourne   
2013 Christmas installation for the City of Ballarat
2012 New Wave Art Festival, National Gallery of Victoria     
2009 Chelsea Flower Show, UK
2005 Melbourne Fashion Festival, Mural Hall & Shop windows, Myer, City
Ellerslie Flower Show, Auckland, NZ         

Award (Selected)
2017 The Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 
2006 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (Gold Award)

Publication (Selected)
2017 Environmental Art and Ikebana, The International Journal of Ikebana Studies, Vol.4. 
2017 Transition of Environmental Art: In Search of the Strategies for Sustainability. The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2017.
2016 Flowers in Contemporary Art, International Journal of Ikebana Studies, Vol.3, pp.11-19
2015 Ikebana to Contemporary Art: Cross Cultural Transformation in Rosalie Gascoigne, The IAFOR Academic Review, Vol.1, Issue 2, pp.16-20.
2013 Hiroshi Teshigahara in the Expanded Field of Ikebana, The International Journal of Ikebana Studies, Vol.1, pp.31-52.

Bibliography (Selected)
2015 International Floral Art 2016/2017. Oostkamp: Stichting Kunstboek.
2013 International Floral Art 2014/2015. Oostkamp: Stichting Kunstboek. 
2012 ABC Radio, 30 March.
2012 Floral Design Magazine, Feb, pp.38-53.          
2009 Nine AM, Channel 10, October.
         M, The Sunday Age, March 29, p.20.
2006 Dumbo Feather, Issue 7, pp.50-67.
         Master of Ceremonies, Belle, January, p.188.
         Garden gurus, Channel 9, May.
2004 Australia's top floral designers, Belle, September, p.106. 
Good Morning Australia, Channel 10, 29 June.
Clients List (Selected)
Apollo Bay Music Festival
Chi Hair Dresser (Canterbury)
City of Ballarat
Costume National (Melbourne GPO)
Evado Clinical Software
Hanabishi Japanese Restaurant (Melbourne)
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
Japan Cup (Moony Pond)
Japan Foundation
Japanese for Peace
Kazari & Ziguzagu
Lesley Kehoe Galleries
Made in Japan
Mars Marketing Consultancy
Mayer (Melbourne)
Melbourne Fashion Festival
Mitsuno Japanese Restaurant (Malvern)
National Gallery of Victoria
NEC Australia
Nikolaous Institute of Philanthropy
Olympus Australia
Parkside Plastic Surgery
Renouf & Associates Pty Ltd
Star of the Sea College 
State Government Victoria
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria

Shoso Shimbo's Logo

Shoso's logo is his own family crest. The crest, Ken Katabami means swords and oxalis corniculata (creeping woodsorrel). The original design of hte crest was first used in Heian period (794 - 1185).   
Swords are symbol of samurai spirit and the three leaves represent compassion, wisdom and virtue.