Chiho Aoshima, born 1974 in Tokyo, is a Japanese pop artist who uses graphics softwares and modern printers to create detailed and complex images of surreal worlds with humans, animals and hybridized creatures.
Aoshima’s works are part of the Superflat movement that was founded in Japan by Takashi Murakami. Superflat describes the simplified and explicit two-dimensional artistic style of the Japanese Manga-culture. Furthermore this concept characterises the younger generation of artists in Japan, whose projects deliberately violate the traditional borders between “high” and popular art. Chiho Aoshima combines elements of computer-animated illustartions and Manga with influences of traditional Japanese woodcut. She collaborated with Issey Miyake in 2003, with her artwork featured in the spring/summer collection.
“My work feels like strands of my thoughts that have flown around the universe before coming back to materialise.” Chiho Aoshima
This is the artwork that captured my attention. The creatures strongly remind me of Ghibli’s Kodama. The other artworks are a little kitschy for my taste but some of them are quite nice to look at.
To see more of her artworks read on!