Satsuki Shibuya is an artist, poet, and spiritual thinker whose work represents her way of translating the energy of the unseen, spiritual world into something more tangible in the real world. Born and raised in the constant activity of Los Angeles, California, her work blends the powers of art and spirituality, and it is this combination that allows her to connect deeply with others, more accurately define her art, form her spiritual practice, and better understand her identity as an individual.

Satsuki’s earliest creative exploration was in music, primarily piano and vocals. After spending time in the music industry, she felt herself pulled into the visual arts and pursued that initially through graphic and product design. Following an extended illness that took her away from her profession and allowed her to connect more deeply with her spirituality and her soul, Satsuki was called to painting. With brush in hand, she let emotion and feeling guide her work. She began to explore peace with her own identity as second-generation Japanese by recognizing that belonging is about those in your life rather than where you physically sit. Today, Satsuki continues seeking the harmony her ear was trained to find by translating experiences beneath the surface into something that in turn helps others connect with themselves and the world in a way that often eludes explanation.

Regardless of how her work takes shape, Satsuki knows the purpose is not in the making or the medium. Rather, she creates to express to others what she feels and experiences beyond daily existence with the hope that her art may serve as the catalyst that allows them to discover a deeper purpose for themselves by responding to this energy with sensations all their own.

Written in collaboration with Author and Writer
John Bray.

Solo Exhibitions

Moments, Show + Tell, Los Angeles, California, 2016

Tête-À-Tête, Salad Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, 2016

Flow, Poketo, Los Angeles, California, 2015

Into The Light, Do Design, Madrid, Spain, 2015


Selected Group Exhibitions

Los Angeles Invitational Show, George Billis Gallery, Culver City, Los Angeles, 2018

Calm Chaos no. 02, Zeitgenießische Galerie, Heidelberg, Germany, 2018

GIFC, 0-0 LA, Worldwide, 2018

Palette, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, California, 2016

Kisaragi No Isidis, Edane, Osaka, Japan, 2016

Spatially Speaking, PlatformCulver City, California, 2016

fresh stART, Santa Monica, California, 2016

Soul of Asia, Asia Art Network, KEPCO Art Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2015 

Next Generation Art Party, UNICEF, Venice, California, 2015-2018

Soho House x Tappan Collective, Soho HouseWest Hollywood, California, 2015

Good Mail Day, Artstream Studios Gallery, Dover, New Hampshire, 2014

Floral Edition 003, Collectif Blanc, Montréal, Canada, 2014

The Summer Print Shop, Book Stand, FvF Apartment, Berlin, Germany, 2014


Installations / Events

CARIUMA, Pop-Up Event, live painting, Venice, California, 2019

Netflix, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”, artwork installation, 2019

Vince, live painting, Pacific Palisades, California, 2018

Urban Outfitters / Space 15 Twenty, Moment Marketplace, live painting + installation, Hollywood, California, 2017

Modern Citizen, ROW DTLA, Los Angeles, California, 2016

The Line Hotel, Los Angeles, California, 2016

Lectures / Workshops

LCD x Tappan Collective (LA Design Festival), Female Identity & Perspectives In Art Today, Los Angeles, California, June 2019

LA Design Festival, Mindfulness & The Creative Process, Panel Discussion, Los Angeles, California, June 2018

OTIS College of Art and Design, Foundation Forward Alumni Panel, Los Angeles, California, February 2018

Satsuki Shibuya x Parachute Hotel, Authentic Branding Workshop, Venice, California, September 2017

Show + Tell, In the Moment — Developing your Intuition for Work and Life, Workshop, Los Angeles, California, November 2016

POKETO, Explorations in Watercolor Workshop, Los Angeles, California, September 2015,  April + October 2016, April 2017

OTIS College of Art and Design, Guest Lecturer, Los Angeles, California, 2015-2019

POKETO, Branding 101 Workshop, Los Angeles, California, September 2013

TYPO International Design Talks, CONTRAST, Guest Speaker, San Francisco, California, April 2013


Let’s Explore Magazine, “United As One”, artwork + poetry, p172-173, Issue 02 — Perseverance, October 2018

Moment, paintings + poetry book, December 2016

The Girl Who Knows, "Words & Watercolors", July — November 2016

Selected Publications

Marker's Magazine, "Inside, Outside, And In Between Home", interview, p88-95, Issue 5: Home, 2018

Water Journal, "Satsuki Shibuya Transcending Through Watercolor", interview, p110-117, 4°, 2018

Spirituality & Health Magazine, "The Uncanny Practice of Entrainment", artwork, p38, March/April 2017

Bossladies, "Satsuki Shibuya", interview + quote, Issue 01: Los Angeles, 2016

Heim Magazine, artist interview + artwork, Vol 1, 2016 (Russian)

Cereal Magazine, "Another World — In the heart of Cascadia", commissioned artwork, p100-105, Vol 11, 2016

Obscura Magazine, "Embracing the Moment", cover + interview, vol 18, Spring/Summer 2015 (English + Chinese)

Yen Magazine, "Guest Artist", masthead + interview, p6, p16-17, Issue 77, The Photo Issue, 2015

Perdiz Magazine, "Editor's Note", commissioned artwork, p3, Issue 5, La Felicidad Es Contagiosa, 2015 (English + Spanish)

Mill Magazine, "Sweets", artwork, p19-20, Issue 00, Summer 2015 (Japanese)

Kinfolk Magazine, "Kinfolk Gatherings", pg 140, Issue 15, 2015


Selected Interviews

Precious Simplicity, “EP. 09 - Satsuki Shibuya”, podcast interview, September 2019

The Creativity Habit, “On Art, Purpose, and Creating What’s True with Satsuki Shibuya, Part 2”, podcast interview, April 2019

Summersalt / The Forecast, “Artist Satsuki Shibuya is on a Spiritual Journey”, interview, April 2019

Energy In Motion Podcast with Ana Ayora & Kelsey Law, “Satsuki Shibuya, Watercolor Painter, Author, and Energy Feeler”, podcast interview, January 2019

VoyageLA, “Meet Satsuki Shibuya”, interview, October 2018

The Creativity Habit, “Getting Sick, Losing Everything, and Finding Real Success as a Full-Time Artist with Satsuki Shibuya”, podcast interview, September 2018

Raw Milk with Beth Kirby, "Connecting to Your Spirit Through Creativity — with Satsuki Shibuya", podcast interview, June 2018

Yellow Co., "Satsuki Shibuya Shares How To Learn the Art of Self Expression", interview May 2018

Golubka Kitchen, "Self-Care Interview Series: Satsuki Shibuya", interview, December 2017

Hobes, "Hobes Girls — Satsuki Shibuya, Artist", interview, June 2017

Space 15 Twenty / Urban Outfitters, "Interviews: Satsuki Shibuya", interview, January 2017

The Elysian Edit, "Elysian Exchange: Satsuki Shibuya", film, December 2016

Vrai & Oro, "V&O Interviews: Satsuki Shibuya, painter + creative thinker", interview, November 2016

Faculty, "Conversations: Satsuki Shibuya", interview, September 2016

Tappan Collective, "Satsuki Shibuya | An Interview", interview, September 2016

Freelance Wisdom, "Satsuki Shibuya", interview, June 2016

Urban Outfitters, "UO interviews: Satsuki Shibuya", interview, February 2016

Well/Aware, "Expressing Your Truest Self With Artist Satsuki Shibuya", podcast interview, December 2015

Cultural Weekly, "All Things Are Impermanent With Satsuki Shibuya", interview, September 2015

Poketo, "In Conversation: Finding Zen In The City With Satsuki Shibuya", interview, September 2015

The Dreslyn, "In The Process: Watercolor in Motion with Satsuki Shibuya", film, August 2015

The Dreslyn, "Peace of Mind: Painter Satsuki Shibuya", interview, August 2015

Ashley Neese, "Inspiring Women: Satsuki Shibuya", interview, August 2015

Do Design, "Entrevistamos a la artista Satsuki Shibuya", interview, June 2015 (Español)

Running On Om, "Satsuki Shibuya on Fusing the Spiritual and the Artistic in Everyday Life", podcast interview, February 2015

West Elm, "Talking Spaces with Satsuki Shibuya", interview, May 2013

Steven Alan, "At Home With Satsuki Shibuya", interview, April 2013

TYPO International Design Talks, "Contrast Conversations with Satsuki Shibuya", interview, February 2013


Selected Articles

Club Monaco, "Soft Focus", August 2018

Darling Magazine, "7 Emerging Female Artists to Watch", March 2016

HITSPAPER™, "Tête-À-Tête Exhibition introduction", March 2016 (Japanese)

IDOL Magazine, "Introducing: Satsuki Shibuya", January 2015

Obscura Magazine, "Watercolor Paintings by Satsuki Shibuya", December 2014

Actitudes Magazine, "Satsuki Shibuya Y Sus Acuarelas", December 2014 (Español)

Art Hound, "Artist Crush: Satsuki Shibuya", September 2014

Spoon & Tamago, "Gentle and Minimal Watercolor Prints by Satsuki Shibuya", September 2014

HITSPAPER™, "Weekly Inspiration", September 2014 (Japanese)