​Shota Kotake

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Niigata, Japan 1988, moved to Ireland in 2004, lives and works in Dublin.


2017 Silainiai Project Artist Residency, Silainiai, Kaunas, Lithuania (October - November 2017)

2008-2012 BA (hons) Fine Art Sculpture, the National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2007-2008 FETAC level 5, Stillorgan College of Further Education, Dublin

2004-2007 St. Andrews College, Dublin


191st Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin Ireland (October 2021)

I am What I am, Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo, Ireland (June-July 2021)

190th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin Ireland (November 2020)

189th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin Ireland (May - August 2019)

Kabuki Mask at nowJapan, Rotuse Vilnius town hall, Vilnius, Lithuania (September 2018)

Šilainiai Project Meno rezidencijos paroda, VDU menu galerija 101, Kaunas, Lithuania (November - December 2017)

Soul Noir Festival of the Dark Arts, Dublin (October 2017)

K-Fest Music and the Arts 2K17, Killorglin, Co. Kerry (June 2017)

Kfest Music and the Arts Festival 2K16, Killorglin, Co. Kerry (June 2016)

nowJapan: INTRO 2016, LOFTAS, Vilnius, Lithuania (April 2016)

Tedfest 10, Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Co. Galway (February 2015)

Kfest Music and the Arts Festival 2015, Killorglin, Co. Kerry (May, June 2015)

Homeless Awareness Art Exhibition, DCU Business School, Dublin (March 2015)

Yokai: World of Supernatural Monsters from Japanese Folklore and Myths PART 2, solo drawing exhibition, Banyi Japanese Dining, Dublin (October 2014)

The State of ME: Shota Kotake Visual Art Exhibition, The Mart, Dublin (July 2014)

Kfest Music and the Arts Festival 2014, Killorglin, Co. Kerry (May, June 2014)

Three Lads One Page: Live drawing with Gearoid O'Dea and Fearghal MacPháidín for The Beatyard Festival 2014, MART, Dublin (April 2014)

MART Experiments: 365 Self-portraits in Manga style and Free Live Caricature, solo drawing exhibition and caricature perfomance, MART, Dublin (November 2013)

Dark Matter, bio.space033, Dublin(September 2013)

Yokai: World of Supernatural Monsters from Japanese Folklore and Myths, solo drawing exhibition, Banyi Japanese Dining, Dublin (July 2013)

​Signs, Monster Truck Studios, Dublin (October 2012)

The Future of Art and Design in Ireland, Dublin Airport, terminal 1, food hall (July-August 2012)
NCAD Graduate Show, Dublin (June 2012)
The Homeless Film Festival, The Cornerhouse, Manchester (April 2012)
Applause, NCAD sculpture exhibition, Moxie Studios, Dublin (May 2011)
Half Way There, NCAD sculpture exhibition, Basic Space, Dublin (December 2010)
NCAD Core Year Exhibition, Dublin (May 2009)
8 x 8, Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Dublin (May 2008)

Technician/Art Handler Experience

Technician at Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin City Council The Lab Gallery(2020-)

Technician at Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Kerlin Gallery, NCAD Gallery(2019)

Design&Craft Council of Ireland, Wicklow County Council, Morgan O'Driscoll Art Auction, Maurice Ward Art Handling, Dublin (2016, 2017, 2018)

Technician under Martyn Lawrence Bullard at Capard House, Co Laois (August 2017)​

Scenographer for Festival nowJapan 2016, Litexpo, Vilnius, Lithuania (September 2016)

Stage set production assistant under EQ Audio and Events/Vinnie Bell for Electric Picnic 2015, Stradbally, Laois (2015)

Stage set production assistant under Vinnie Bell for Little Red Riding Hood Pantomime, The Gaety Theatre, Dublin (2015)

Painting restoration for Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, Dublin (November 2012)


Selected Projects/Commissions/Handson

Shutter painting for Graphic Studio Gallery (October 2021)

Poster commission for Soul Noir: Festival of the Dark Arts 2021, Dublin (October 2021)

Poster commission for I am What I am, Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo (June 2021)

Poster commission for Soul Noir: Festival of the Dark Arts 2019, Dublin (October 2019)

Partnership coordinator for Japanese cultural festival nowJapan, Vilnius, Lithuania (2018, 2019)

Promotional trading card character design for Empress of All Seasons, by Emiko Jean, WA, USA (November 2018)

Poster commission for Soul Noir: Festival of the Dark Arts 2018, Dublin (October 2018)

Electrical box painting for Killorglin town, commissioned by K-Fest, Killorglin, Co. Kerry (June 2018)

Manga caricature hire at Hennessy Lost Friday, RHA Gallery, Dublin (March 2018)

Restaurant signage and banner design for Banyi Noodles&Tapas, Dublin (December 2017)

Traffic lights box painting commissioned by Dublin Canvas, Church St, Dublin (September 2017)

"Manga Grammar" lecture at Festival nowJapan S9, Vilnius, Lithuania (September 2017) 

Caricature in Manga style entertainment hire for Banzai, Google Xmas party, Dublin (December 2016)

Album cover/promotional poster design for Wabi-Sabi Soul by Dylan Tighe, Dublin (April 2016)

Caricature hiring for HP Ireland, Dublin (December 2015)

Guest artist at nowJapan 2015, LITEXPO, Vilnius, Lithuania (26, 27th September 2015)

Shutter Painting for Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin, Dublin (July 2015)

Mural for Experience Japan 2015 Graffiti Wall, Farmleigh House, Dublin (April 2015)

Original drawings for an Irish folk band Gypsy Rebel Rabble's video "Future Kid", Dublin (December 2014)

Window painting for a newsagent Maureen's, Stoneybatter, Dublin (December 2014)

Original animal sculpture models for Cheeky Monkey Jungle Gym, The Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght, Dublin (November 2014)

Dance floor mural for a night club Opium Rooms(The Village), Dublin (July 2014)

Cover design/Character design/Interior Illustration for a novel Omagatoki, written by Michel Goldstein, from Turn the Page Publishing, New Jersey, USA

Performer for Mitch Conlon's performance art at Catalyst Gallery for FIX13 International Live Art Biennial, Belfast (September  2013)

Decorative Banners/Posters for LIFE FESTIVAL 2013, Westmeath (May 2013)
Short documentary Shota directed by Niall Conroy, screened for Kerry Film Festival 2011, Kerry (November 2011)
Signage design and production for a Dublin based jeweller Johnstons Court Vintage Emporium, Johnston's Court, Dublin (December 2008)

Selected Publications

Šeimininkė Nr, 37: Šilainiuose - Bastilijos šturmas, by Rita Šemelytė (September 2017)

15min: Festivalyje „nowJapan“ – dvi dienos netikėtos Japonijos kultūros, Lithuania (6th September 2016)
Alfa.lt/Moteris.lt: Per „nowJapan“ pristatymą – kaukėtas scenografas ir herojė iš animacinio filmo, Lithuania (6th September 2016)

Lovin Dublin: A Great Bunch Of Pics: Here’s The Best Of Shota Kotake's Year Of Daily Father Ted Drawings, by Seán Kenehan (1st June 2016)

ŽMONĖS.LT: Kaip atrodytų pramogų pasaulio atstovai, jei būtų animaciniai herojai? Lithuania (6th April 2016)

Lovin Dublin: This Japanese Artist Draws A 'Father Ted' Picture Every Day And They're Incredible, by Seán Kenehan (26th February 2016)

Irish Examiner Life/Style: Father Doodle, by Noel Baker (14th September 2015)

The Quietus: There He Is Now, Father Brian Eno Looking Sad, by Laurie Tuffrey (1st September 2015)

Creativepool: Meet Shota Kotake: Guinness World Record-Breaking Artist by Ashley Morrison (24th August 2015)

The Guardian: Populist, Up with this sort of thing! Items of interest this week (7th August 2015)

Comedy Central UK: This Japanese Artist Has Been Drawing Father Ted Every Day For 100 Days, by Philip Byrne (6th August 2015)

TV3: The Seven O'Clock Show, proudly featured by Pat McDonnell(Eoin McLove) (aired 28th July 2015)


Lovin Dublin: A Japanese Artist Draws A Father Ted Picture Every Day And They're Incredible, by Seán Kenehan (19th July 2015)

Irish Daily Mirror: Ted Draws Up Support, by Kathy Armstrong (20th May 2015)


The Daily Edge: Mysterious Father Ted 'Vote Yes' murals are appearing around Dublin, by Michael Freeman (19th May 2015)

Her.ie A Japanese created a brilliant 'Father Ted' inspired mural in Dublin last weekend, by Marie Madden (14th April 2015)

The Prawlster.com: Shota Scores with Exhibition, by Kate Coleman (9th July 2014)

Le Cool Dublin issue 237: Le interview, by Kate Coleman (10th July 2014)

The Journal.ie/The Daily Edge: This 'Super Michael Pres' street art is little bit amazing, by Michael Freeman (23rd March 2014)

Broadsheet.ie: Comical Alley, by Bodger (19th March 2014)

The Journal.ie/The Daily Edge: Brilliant Dublin street art gives the best directions you’ll get today, by Michael Freeman (31st October 2013)

Broadsheet.ie: Meanwhile, In Stoneybatter, by Bodger (31st October 2013)

​The Journal.ie/The Daily Edge: The Gardaí’s latest crime-fighting vehicle*, by Hugh O'Connell, photo by Pat Reilly and Tadhg O’Mahony

(19th December 2012)

Broadsheet.ie: Was it for this?, by Lars Biscuits (18th November 2012)
Metro Herald, Art Attack, by Daragh Reddin, Leon Farrel(photo) (7th June 2012)
WorldIrish.com, Artist Highlights Reality of Homelessness, by Megan Specia (1st February 2012)

Artist Statement

Version 3.0 (August 2018)



1, Art for people 


2, I'm having my fun and that's all that matters