Toshio Shibatawas born in Tokyo in 1949 and graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in oil painting. Shibata has taught at Tsukuba University School of Art and Design and at the Tokyo College of Photography. His solo shows have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1997) and the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris (1998). His works are in the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Muse-Les Royaux des Beaux-Arts in Brussels; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. In 1975 and 1976, Shibata was awarded a fellowship at the Ministry of Education in Belgium, and in 1992 he was awarded the 17th Kimura Ihei Award from Asahi Shimbun Publishing Co.