Formally trained in traditional Japanese gardening from a young age, Taro Shinoda has always considered the ascetic philosophy of karesansui (dry landscape garden), with 
its unique roots in abstraction and nature, an inspiration for his art. Preserved and passed down for more than five hundred years, karesansui depicts nature through the selection and placement of rocks, trees, moss, gravel and sand, mediated through the passage of time

Solo exhibitions of his work include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2009); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2005) and the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art (2002). He has participated in international group exhibitions including Sculpture Garden (a collaborative project with Kaz Oshiro), Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2011); Sensing Nature, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2010); the Istanbul Biennial (2007); the Busan Biennale, Korea (2006) and the Yokohama Triennale, Japan(2001).

Taro Shinoda was born in 1964 in Tokyo where he lives and works. Originally educated in landscape gardening, Shinoda began working as a practicing artist at the age of 30.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 12