I am Felipe Shibuya, a Brazilian ecologist and artist who decided to adventure around the world. My journey began when I finished my Ph.D. in Ecology and Nature Conservation at the Federal University of Paraná. I then decided to explore the visual aspects I had included in my research, beyond the purely scientific perspective. I have an M.F.A. in Studio Art at The State University of New York at Buffalo, in which I worked with pigmented bacteria, with the intention of understanding how the colors synthesized by them may be communication signals for us humans. Currently, I am a Hyundai Biological Programs Fellow at Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab, at Rhode Island School of Design.

Being a scientist-artist, enables me to explore different forms of life, from bacteria to trees, using different methods, from microbiological culture to videos. However, all of my work involves aspects of my own identity, and I always highlight the visuality of nature. I have had the opportunity to show my work in the United States, Canada, Portugal, and Germany, as well as had citations published in important magazines and journals such as National Geographic, Citylab, and Ecology.

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EDUCATION

2019–2021 · M.F.A. Studio Art, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

2012–2016 · Ph.D. Ecology and Nature Conservation, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

2010–2012 · M.S. Ecology and Nature Conservation, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil​

2004–2008 · B.S. Biological Science, Unifieo, Brazil

EXPERIENCE

RESEARCH

2021–pres · Hyundai Biological Programs Fellow, Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab at RISD, USA

2015–2016 · Visiting Researcher, University of Coimbra, Portugal

2012–2013 · Associate Researcher, Mater Natura, Brazil

2010–2016 · M.S. and Ph.D. Candidate, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

TEACHING

2019–2021 · Teaching Assistant, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

2019–2021 · Laboratory Teaching Assistant, Coalesce: Center for Biological Art, USA

REVIEWER

2021–pres · Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research

2018–pres · Ornitología Neotropical

RESIDENCIES

2020 · School of Visual Arts, USA

2018 · Cultivamos Cultura, Portugal​

AWARDS

2018 · Winner gold: Most Beautiful Visualization. The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards

2018 · Winner gold: People, Language & Identity. The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2021 · Alter(action)

            Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal

2021 · Invisibilia

            El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera, Buffalo, USA

2021 · Comunidades Visibles: The Materiality of Migration

            Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA

2021 · Black Cherry 

            Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, USA

2021 · Proximal Spaces

            DesignTO Festival, Toronto, Canada

2020 · Palimpsesto

            Museu Municipal de Penafiel, Penafiel, Portugal

2019 · Who We Are

            Museum of the City of New York, New York, USA

2018 · Naturalizing Immigration

            Northeastern Center for the Arts, Boston, USA

2018 · Presente Futuro: Design Para a Mudança

            Museu do Design e da Moda, Lisbon, Portugal

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

2021 · Good sex: art, science and reproduction 

            Royal College of Art, London, UK

2020 · Ah, squoosh it: decolonizing the colon 

            IV Taboo, Transgression and Transcendence in Art & Science, Vienna, Austria

2020 · Flying on my own 

            ISEA2020 Online: Why Sentience?, Montreal, Canada

2020 · (In)visible 

            Coalesce: Disperse–reports from the laboratory, Buffalo, USA

2019 · Dendrochronology of immigrants in the US

            Global Community Bio Summit 3.0, Cambridge, USA

2019 · Representando a imigração nos Estados Unidos como anéis de crescimento em árvores

            Ministério da Saúde - Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia, Brasília, Brazil

2018 · The animal hummingbird

            III Taboo, Transgression and Transcendence in Art & Science, Mexico City, Mexico

2018 · Other colors

            II Trans-disciplinary & Trans-national Festival of Art & Science, New York, USA

2015 · Temporal changes in body condition correlated among species in hummingbird assemblages?

            X Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Manaus, Brazil

2015 · Are monochromatic female and male hummingbirds really identical?

            Behavioural Ecology Group of CIBIO, Porto, Portugal

2011 · The nest of the Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus) is an incubation chamber that does not work very well

            IX Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Cuzco, Peru

2011 · Getting even: how the sexes divide reproductive costs in the Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus)

            IX Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Cuzco, Peru

2011 · Subtropical breeding patterns illuminate life-history theory

            IX Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Cuzco, Peru