Chiho Aoshima


Chiho Aoshima is a Japanese artist based in Tokyo, best known for her involvement in Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki art collective. Influenced by the linear aesthetics of ukiyo-e artist Hokusai Katsushika and Japanese pop culture, Aoshima uses the software program Adobe Illustrator, made her debut with a series of chromogenic prints that took advantage of her mastery with Adobe Illustrator, since then she has gone on to producing digital animations, sculptures, and hand-painted works, creating drawings of surreal landscapes. She repletes them with young girls, sushi chefs, zombies, and cute animals usually on a large-scale, then her dreamlike works are printed onto paper and other materials. She works with imagery dealing mainly with Japanese yokai and graveyard spirits, she uses dialog with the extra-dimensional to explore the personal landscape of her own subconscious, immersing herself to living next door to a cemetery for the past ten years.

Whether it’s cruel, catastrophic scenes of human dismemberment or nature expressing its rage in the form of natural disasters, her images are conceived in a violent array of colors and at times seem the product of a brutal mind, but are in fact her primitive response to the terrors of our world. She tries to make lighter, happier cute images but prefers and enjoy drawing the dark, disturbing worlds,

Aoshima studied economics at Hosei University in Tokyo before deciding to dedicate herself to making art. Though not formally trained, Aoshima’s drawings are made with the Superflat aesthetic and perspective in mind. Her exhibition “Rebirth of the World” and pieces titled City Glow and Japanese Apricot demonstrate her dynamic handling of both natural and synthetic worlds. Her works are in the collections of the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and the Seattle Art Museum, among others.