AIKO was born in Tokyo, Japan and has lived and worked in New York City since the mid 90’s.
After years of living in the US , AIKO has fluidly hybrid the essence of American contemporary art movements such as Abstractionism , POP Art , Graffiti and Street Art with the Japanese traditional aesthetic in which she was originally trained. Her paintings and murals tell a story, playfully portraying femininity, sexuality and the beauty of human life and her historical important is that she has the inside track to be the artist who unites Western and Eastern culture with her work.
AIKO is recognized in the contemporary art world as among the most important artists to emerge in the new millennium. She is also well respected with the graffiti and street art scene. Her large scale works indoors and outdoors are installed in many cities, including the Wynwood Wall Project ( curated by Jeffrey Deitch) in Miami, commissioned pieces for the Standard on both coasts and the commission to re-paint the historic ‘Keith Haring Wall’ on Bowery and Houston, the urban center of downtown NYC in 2012. For the season of spring and summer in 2013, Louis Vuitton released an AIKO silk scarf as a collaborative accessory line of FOULARDS D’ARTISTES. The Japan Society will majorly feature her work in a landmark exhibition in March 2013 “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints”
Her work has been exhibited at the MACRO Future Rome Italy, Shanghai MOCA China, Brooklyn Museum NY and PS1/MOMA as well as other major museums and galleries globally.