Born and raised in Tokyo before moving to New York City in the late-90’s. AIKO was influenced by American pop art, and was involved in street art and graffiti. Presented pieces in various cities around the globe including Paris, London, Dubai, New Delhi, Johannesburg, and more. Recently, AIKO is active in various art scenes globally as a contemporary artist. Loved and respected worldwide for her pop and strong art style that blends Japanese and Western qualities with a feminine approach.

2010: Collaborated with street artist, Banksy on the film “Exit through the gift shop”.
2012: First female to be selected for Keith Haring’s project, The Bowery Wall in New York.
2013: Collaborated with LOUIS VUITTON for the Spring/Summer collection as the third Japanese artist after Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama.
2013: Exhibited alongside Katsushika Hokusai and Kitagawa Utamaro in the “EDO POP” Group Exhibition hosted in New York by Japan Society. Introduced as a contemporary Ukiyo-e Artist.
2014: Involved in the Isetan department store Shinjuku, Tokyo for “Early Spring Festival Advertisement Campaign”, and designed the entire building decoration inside and the window display.
2014: Created a piece in response to a request from Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States.
2015: Involved in the production of Madonna’s “Bitch I’m Madonna” music video.
2018: Exhibition and residency at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.

“American Dream”
A Maiko (apprentice geisha) from Kyoto that is deep in thought is depicted with a paper umbrella. The girl is covered in Japanese traditional beauty from head to toe: Japanese coiffure, a Hana kanzashi (flower featured hair pin), a colorful Furisode (long-sleeved kimono), and a long draping sash. In order to master traditional performing arts, she is hustling every day, taking dance lessons and learning how to play Shamisen (Japanese musical instrument). Her ambition is to be a professional dancer,and to perform in New York City. She is chasing the “American dream” to stand on the big stage one day.

A collaboration piece by AIKO and The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints, which carries over traditional and highly technical
Japanese woodcut techniques to present-day.
Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art Collection 2018

AIKO”American Dream _Spring” 2018 movie

Traditional Woodcut Prints of The Adachi Woodcut Prints -The Last Publisher_movie

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