Meiko Shibata

Meiko Shibata was born in Tokyo and spent her childhood in the countryside near Düsseldorf, Germany. She completed her studies at the Tokyo Designer Gakuin College in the Craft and Industrial Design Department. During this time, she also studied with Kazushige Kojima, a mosaic mural artist at the KAZU workshop who creates works of glass that are used in architecture to decorate buildings.

Shibata creates large mosaic pieces and murals of stained glass. The artist observes nature in detail, sometimes even at a microscopic level, and its daily changes and uses motifs from the natural world to create her pieces. She likes to collect fungus, soil, plants, small insects and animals and uses these as inspiration.

She has also displayed her works inspired by Myxomycetes at exhibitions at Ibaraki Nature museum and WAKAYAMA Prefectural Museum of Natural History both in 2018.

Shibata teaches glass making since 2002 and is a member of the Japanese Glass Art Association. She is also Director of the LUCE Glass & Mosaic gallery. Shibata has held numerous solo and group exhibitions and is the winner of International Exhibition of Stained-Glass held at NIC (Nagoya International Exhibition Center) in 2011, as well as the 2018 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum IMA Exhibition Encouragement Prize.