Born in Tokyo, Chiho Aoshima is a Japanese pop artist who works with sculpture, animation, and figurative drawings. Her work portrays young women – along with demons and ghosts – in Surreal scenes and dreamscapes. Her feminine figures have big eyes and small facial features in a style known as ‘shojo’.
She is a member of Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Art Collective and – like him – was influenced by Hokusai’s Ukiyo-e compositions. Her use of a flat line and single plane of depth emulates the superflat style of Murakami’s postmodern art movement.
With no formal training in art, Aoshima made her debut as an artist with a series of digital prints that were created by her use of Adobe Illustrator to make her dreamscapes. Her computer drawings are then printed onto paper and can actually be printed onto any surface such as leather or plastic for different effects.
Her digital ink-jet print, “Red-Eyed Tribe,” was originally designed as an advertisement for an Issey Miyake fashion show. It was blown up and mounted as a mural in the 2000-2001 exhibition “Superflat.” A smaller version can be seen at the Seattle Art Museum.
Her public works of large size images can be seen in the subways of London and New York City. Her work was shown in MOCA’s 2001 exhibit “Superflat” and is in the permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, MOCA Chicago, and Geffen Contemporary.