|Born||1953 (age 64–65)|
|Residence||Brooklyn, New York|
|Known for||Painting, Drawing, Comics|
Noriko Shinohara (born 1953 in Takaoka, Japan) is a Japanese-American multi-disciplinary fine artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She is known for her semi-autobiographical drawing and printmaking series "Cutie & Bullie". She has had several international gallery and museum exhibitions including in Tokyo, New York City, Dallas, Kraków, Ottawa and more.
Shinohara moved to New York City at the age of 19, in the early 1970s, in order to study art at the Art Students League of New York. A few months after arriving to the city, she met the artist Ushio who was 21 years her senior. Within the next couple years they were married and together they had a son born in 1974, Alexander Kūkai Shinohara. Their tumultuous life together as a family was subject to the Zachary Heinzerling directed, 2013 documentary, Cutie and the Boxer.
The nickname "Cutie" started in 2002 at the age of 49, when Shinohara was wearing her hair in two braids and a young man on the street called out to her, "hey cutie". The nickname stuck after that event.
She started creating the drawing series after complaining about her husband to a friend, who quipped back at her, that she should "punish him" as a dominatrix would do. Finding this idea amusing, in 2003-2004 she started drawing images of Cutie punishing Bullie and sending them to her friend that had made the joke. Initially only Cutie was named in the drawings and it was formatted as six-frame comics, but by 2007 she named Bullie, and slowly it became a story about both Cutie and Bullie.
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Punish him! Wear like a dominatrix and punish him with 16 inches of dildo.