Shuko Kawase is a photographer and painter based in Barcelona, Spain.

She was born in Singapore and spent time growing up in Tokyo, Japan; Princeton, NJ, USA; and Frankfurt, Germany. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and finished her college art studies at the Buddhist-based Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Wanting to reconnect with her family's culture, Shuko lived in Japan for 7 years before moving to Spain in 2017. 

Since then, she has worked as a photographer with her husband, photographer Nicanor García. They are available to shoot worldwide and specialize in capturing travel, cities, architecture and culture. They have worked together to create content for tourism boards all over the world, technology brands, and cultural and travel institutions.



2008 University of New Mexico Dept. of Art and Art History, Photography (Albuquerque, NM, USA)

2000 B.A. in Visual Art with Honors, Magna Cum Laude, Brown University (Providence, RI, USA)

2000 Naropa University (Boulder, CO, USA)

1997 L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts (Paris, France)

1997 La Sorbonne, Paris III (Paris, France)

1996 Lacoste School of the Arts (Lacoste, France)

1996 Lorenzo de Medici School of the Arts (Florence, Italy)

1995 Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, USA)

1995 Keio University (Tokyo, Japan)



2023 Wonder Photo Shop Barcelona, Photography & Video (with Nicanor Garcia)

2010 Kenten Tottori Prefecture Art Exhibition, Photography (Tottori Prefecture, Japan)

2009 GO! Downtown Arts Festival (Albuquerque, NM, USA)

2008-2009 Daily Painters New Mexico Online Gallery, Weekly Paintings (NM, USA)

2003 Denim & Diamonds Auction Fine Art Donor (Portland, OR, USA)

2003 Belinki & Duprey Gallery, Memorial Art Show & Auction for March of Dimes (Portland, OR, USA)

2002 Limbo Restaurant & Lounge, Solo Painting Exhibition (Boulder, CO, USA)

2000 Naropa University Art Exhibit (Boulder, CO, USA)

2000 Spark Gallery Annual Juried Show (Denver, CO, USA)

1999 Providence Black Repertory Company, Thesis Exhibit (Providence, RI, USA)

1998 List Art Center, Brown University (Providence, RI, USA)


Honors & Experiences

2022 Finalist in the Fujifilm GFX Challenge Grant Program 2021 (with Nicanor Garcia)

2019 Jury Member Open Stories 2019 - 48H Open House Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

2019 Top Gaudi Photography Competition Winner, La Pedrera - Casa Milà (Barcelona, Spain)

2019 Fujifilm Instagrammer of the Month, June (Barcelona, Spain)

1998 Brown University Undergraduate Teaching Research Assistantship Grant in Spiritual Aspects of Non-Western Art


Private Collections in New Jersey, USA; New Mexico, USA; Oregon, USA; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Tokyo, Japan