Kiriko Shirobayashi was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. After graduating with a BFA in Photography at Osaka University of Arts she moved to the United States, going on to graduate from the School of Visual Arts with a MFA in Photography and Related Media. She has since lived and worked in New York and Hong Kong.
She has been exhibiting her work in the US and abroad including Allentown Art Museum, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Houston Center for Photography, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Allentown Art Museum, Onoma Center (Finland), the 5th Pingyao International Festival (Shaanxi, China) and The National Museum of Belarus (Belarus).
She has received awards from GEN ART, and LMCC and has completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony (NH, USA) Art Farm (NE, USA), Kala Art Institute (CA, USA), Headlands Center for the Arts, (CA, USA), and Santa Fe Art Institute (NM, USA). Images from the series “Lines” were selected for Photography 21.
Kiriko photographed for the popular book “KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave” which was widely written-up in many publications including the New York Times and People Magazine.
She is publishing her first photography book with Nazraeli Press in 2010. Along with this publication she will have photography shows in Tokyo, and Osaka in Japan.