About the Artist:
AIKO, aka LADY AIKO, was born and raised in Tokyo before moving to New York City in the mid-90’s. She is one of the most important female street artists known for her ability to combine western art movements and eastern technical artistic skills.
Already creating art since a young age, her art careen in NYC began when she started working for Takashi Murakami. She assisted Murakami’s studio in Brooklyn until the late 90’s going on to a direct biography on the artists (Superflat” 1998). AIKO continued to practice her own art and graduated from The New School University where she finished her MFA Media Studies. She met up with two American artists, the three of them would come to establish the group now known as FFAILE. Creating work within the collective locally and abroad for a number of years, she moved on and established herself as LADY AIKO in 2006.
AIKO continues to create work in the studio as well as public space. She is acclaimed in the contemporary art world and well-respected within the international graffiti and street art scene. She had a two-person show “Bick Ladies” with Lady Pink in Brooklyn in 2008, and she collaborated with Banksy on “Exit Through the Gift Shop” in 2010. Her large scale works indoors, and outdoors are installed in many cities, including Miami’s Wynwood Walls in 2009, New York City’s Bowery Wall in 2013; as the first female artist, and Coney Art Walls in 2015/2016/2017, all three curated by Jeffrey Deitch. AIKO has also been involved in a large collection of group show and solo exhibitions; “AnimamixBiennale” at Shanghai’s MoCA in 2009, “Edo Pop” at Japan Society NYC in 2013, “Lady Go!” at Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum in 2018, and Beyond The Streets in LA 2020 and NY2019.