Profile

Shoemaker / Artist
Noriyuki Misawa

Misawa spent his childhood engrossed in manual training and painting as he grew up surrounded by art books that belonged to his mother. He started to learn shoemaking in Tokyo in order to become a shoemaker because he was fascinated by leather shoes in his schooldays. Seven years later, he moved to a new training destination, which is a city known for art and craft, Vienna. Ever since he aspiringly acquired art and craft, Misawa started to think about shoes from a perspective of art. As a result, he received two prizes at the Germany International Efficiency Contest of Shoemakers in 2010 for both “Gold medal” and “Honor prize.” After coming back to Japan, Misawa entered the world of leather craft in order to extend his range of expression. He studied with a leather relief craftsman for four years. In 2014, he held a solo exhibition at a gallery in Ginza, Tokyo. In 2015, he won the "Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Award” at the 33rd Japan leather crafts exhibition - the first shoe-themed prize-winner in this crafts exhibition.
After that, Misawa, influenced by the numerous contemporary artworks he saw in New York, and made art pieces of shoes strenuously. 
In 2017, aside from he presented his artworks to the world in Cannes, France, during the Cannes Film Festival, 
he held a solo exhibition in Chelsea in New York City, the center of contemporary art.

Major Prize

2010
Germany, International Efficiency Contest of Shoemakers
“Gold medal” and ”Honer prize”, 2 awards
2015
The 33rd Japan leather crafts exhibition
“Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Award”
and many others.

Main Activities

2013
Japan leather crafts association members (-2016)
2014
Solo exhibition in Ginza, Tokyo
2015
Being invited to a shoemaking school in New York as a guest instructor
2017
Exhibition at the INTERCONTINENTAL CARLTON CANNES, which coupled with the film festival during the Cannes Film Festival
2017
Solo exhibition in Chelsea, New York City
2018
Became a special lecturer at TaF.tc, which is the highly respected fashion school in Singapore
2018
Solo Exhibition in Tokyo (Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center designed by Kengo Kuma)
2018
Deliver to the Japanese Imperial Household Agency

Main Publication

2015
THE RAKE JAPAN EDITION issue 02
2015
Interview by BS-TBS ”SEKAIJIN” 
2016
COMMERCIAL PHOTO issue June (GENKOSYA) 
2016
Supervising “Making men’s shoes,” a book (STUDIO TAC CREATIVE)
2017
Featured in the Los Angeles Times on 26th May
2017
Featured in the Yomiuri newspaper on 17th September
2018
The magazine “SHOEPHILE” (the cover story and main feature)