Hiroyuki Shimatani was born in 1953. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Education, Tokyo University of Education. Before being appointed Executive Director at Kyushu National Museum in April 2015, he began his career as an assistant curator in the Calligraphy Division of Tokyo National Museum in 1984. He went on to serve in the same museum as the Senior Manager of the Calligraphy (1)Section, the Senior Manager of the Historical Materials and Ethnology Division, the Senior Manager of the Exhibition Division, the Director of Cultural Property, the Director of Curatorial Research, and the Executive Vice Director (the Research Coordinator of National Institutes for Cultural Heritage Secretariat). His recent publications includes Nihon no Bijutsu (Arts of Japan) 519: Wayo no sho (Japanese-style Calligraphy; August 1, 2009, Gyosei Corporation), Nihon no Bijutsu (Arts of Japan) 504: Bunjin no Sho (Calligraphy of Scholars; May 10, 2008, Shibundo Publishing), and Sho no Bi (Beauty of Calligraphy; July 15, 2013, Mainichi Shimbun Publishing Inc.). He is also a member of the Textbook Approval and Research Council (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) and the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO (MEXT).