Born in 1986 in Tokyo, Japan, Toru Kashiura currently resides in Ottawa, Canada. He graduated from Tsukuba University in Japan with a Masters in Environmental Science, focusing particularly on climatology.
Upon completion of his post-secondary education, he worked for an outdoor sporting good company for 5 years, after which he worked and traveled in Australia for an additional two years. His experiences working abroad inspired him to start exploring his artistic side, something he always wanted to do but never had the chance.
At the age of 31, he moved from Japan to Ottawa, on his own, to attend the Ottawa School of Art. He continues to create new works in a wide variety of mediums such as oil painting, watercolour, charcoal drawing, digital sculpture, animation, ceramic, clay sculpture and mold making.
– Awards/Exhibition –
In November 2018, he won “The Sheila Durno Memorial Scholarship” for his wooden cat sculpture— which he created prior to arriving in Ottawa—some drawing studies and oil paintings.
In June 2019, he won “The Dario Catana Memorial Mixed Media Scholarship” for his clay sculpture of a woman’s head, a self-portrait oil painting and an oil painting of a skeleton.
In November 2019, he won “The Lilian Evenchick Memorial Sculpture Scholarship” for his ceramic sculpture of a hand, a polymer clay sculpture of a lion and a polymer clay sculpture of a fish.
In the same month, he had his first exhibition “見つめる -Mitsumeru-” at the Lee Matasi Gallery in the Ottawa School of Art.
In May 2020, he won “The Ottawa Art Association Fine Arts Scholarship” for his self-portrait series including a clay sculpture, a charcoal drawing and a collage.
In November 2020, he won “The Ted Marshall memorial Scholarship” for his painting of his grandmothers and sculptures etc.
In December 2020, he had his exhibition “Lights in Life” at the Lee Matasi Gallery in the Ottawa School of Art.