A native Angelino, Shimabukuro was raised in the shadow of Bunker Hill and educated in the L.A. public school system at a time when art and music were integral components of its curriculum. Much of his time was spent in the ceramic and painting studios. He went north to University of California, Santa Cruz, as a college freshman, returning home to finish his undergraduate studies in the fine art department at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He has shown frequently in solo and group exhibitions.
A short list of venues includes: Christian Petersen Art Museum, Iowa State University; PØST, Los Angeles; AndLab, the Brewery, Los Angeles; The Claremont Graduate School of Art Gallery, Claremont, CA; California State University, Los Angeles, Fine Art Gallery; The Colburn School, Los Angeles; Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles; The Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, CA; The Robert V. Fullerton Museum, California State University, San Bernardino; The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; The Pasadena Art Alliance: Michael’s Restaurant, Santa Monica, CA.
His most recent exhibition, BODY LANGUAGE, is a group show which includes painting, drawing, video, sculpture and photography, organized by Trevor Norris, Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA.: 09.02.12 - 10.11.12
His work is included in numerous collections, including: Caldwell, Leslie & Proctor, PC, Los Angeles; CalMat Corporation, Los Angeles; The Robert V. Fullerton Museum of Art, California State University, San Bernardino, CA; The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Roll International Corporation, Los Angeles; Scudder Kemper Investments, Los Angeles. His work continues to be widely exhibited and published.