Yoshihiro Shimoda was born in 1940 (Showa 15) in Toyama prefecture. In 1963, he was first selected to exhibit in the 48th Inten Exhibition. In 1965, he completed his graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts. In 1970, he participated in the exhibition of artwork at the Osaka World Expo, and in the same year, he was awarded first prize in the 55th Inten Exhibition, an honor which he would repeat in 1976 and 1977. In 1971, he received first prize at the Yamatane Museum of Art Awards Exhibition in its very first installment. He exhibited his work at Isetan Art Museum in 1982 as part of the exhibition Artists Portray China - Commemorating 10 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Japan and China. In 1983, his work at the 68th Nihon Bijutsuin Exhibition received the Prime Minister’s Award. He held a solo exhibition at Mitsukoshi Etoile gallery in Paris in 2000, and the following year in 2001, he held the exhibition Paris upon returning home. He is currently a Donin rank and trustee of Japan Art Institute (Nihon BIjutsuin) and professor emeritus of Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts.