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Shirley Guo is a 2D animator, illustrator, and multimedia artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She is also known as Shirfine, an award-winning independent musician who has received over 1.8 billion all-time views from Shorts and Videos featuring her hit song Illusionary Daytime  on YouTube, along with 500,000,000 plays on NetEase Music as of April 2023. The song's popularity extends beyond music platforms, making it a viral sensation and generating massive streams across social media videos worldwide. Illusionary Daytime has also consistently ranked on the Shazam Charts Top 50 & Top 200 in multiple countries for months since July 2020.

Under the pseudonym Shirfine, Shirley has been managing everything about her music since 2011 and got several nominations and awards. Four years later after receiving her B.E. in Digital Media Technology from Central China Normal University, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a storyteller and director with her passion for animations and films.


During the year when Shirley was working on her thesis Island, a 2D narrative animation, for her M.F.A in the U.S.A., she also delved into experimental art with her love for Neo-Classical music, Light and Space, Geometric Abstraction, and filmmaking. By utilizing optics, she created Project Haze to seek the potential between science and art. Her first experimental film Re- has been screened and caught the attention of major festivals such as Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, and ANIMAZE Montreal International Animation Film Festival.


As a multi-talented artist, Shirley explores diverse ways of creating art aiming to tell the outer world about what she experiences, sees, and thinks, how she feels, and who she is. Expressing, creating, and loving are the whole meaning of her life.

Awards & Honors

  • 2023 Illusionary Daytime: 1.8 Billion all-time views from Shorts & Videos featuring Illusionary Daytime on YouTube (as of Apr. 2023)

  • 2021 Albums: over 440,000,000 streams on NetEase Music (as of Dec. 2021)



  • 2019 Albums: over 100,000,000 streams on NetEase Music (as of Sep. 2019)




  • 2013 Informally released single Sweet Lies (Mar. 05, 2013): over 220,000 plays on



  • 2012 Imaginary Kiss (Oct. 26, 2012 to Nov. 02, 2012): the 3rd spot of Sina Weekly Charts (Vol.35) and the 6th spot of Sina Weekly Charts (Vol.36)


  • 2010 First Prize in the Logo Design Competition for the Seventeenth "Challenge Cup" Debate Competition of CCNU


       Animation Film Festival | Montreal, Canada

  • 2021 Re-: Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (Semi-Finalist)


  • 2020 Out of All: 20emerging | Gallery Q Rochester, USA

  • 2019 Gyrfalcon: Art Out | Bevier Gallery Rochester, USA

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