2011年 Ouchi Gallery in NYで個展をする。
Japanese illustrator. Kana Shimao, was born in Tokyo in 1974. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1995, but later went on to work in the fashion industry.
After two years in fashion, Shimao decided to go to Australia to study English and art. There, she took illustration and design courses at The Gold Coast Art School, Julian Ashton Art School and Sydney University where, at almost thirty-two years of age, she found her way into the world of illustration. She began to channel her inspiration and imagination through a more European style of expression, drawing distinctly warm-hearted illustrations using acrylics and collage to create postcard designs and other small-scale pieces. After returning to Tokyo in 2006, Shimao studied at the Vantan School and began establishing herself in both illustration and design around Japan.
Her work has appeared in a variety of group and solo exhibitions around Japan. And she has won awards: at Mireya Gallery in Ginza, she was award the gallery prize for her piece in the LOVE & TOKYO exhibition, and in Chiba Prefecture, she was awarded Takako Shirai Prize for her work in the Rail Art exhibition. Shimao’s diverse portfolio of design work spans from logo and banner design for the Alere Vintage web store and character design for the Rough Stone website, to stamp design for Sweet-Stamp, and her most recent work, which she worked on in conjunction with G&G Service, an E-book of Alice in Wonderland.Presently, Shimao is preparing for her American debut. She will hold a solo-exhibition at Ouchi Art Gallery in New York City in November of 2011