lives and works
BA, Department of Economics, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan, 1995
about the artist
One of the earliest members of Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki artist collective, Chiho Aoshima exemplifies his Superflat aesthetic in her digitally rendered panoramas. Brilliantly saturated with overlapping color gradients, her imagery tells of a postapocalyptic Japan where skulls and schoolgirls, ghosts and geishas abound in cityscapes that melt into landscapes. Aoshima’s work testifies to an age of the contemporary where technology meets drawing—computer-generated Bezier curves are deployed to depict a human idea—in the flawless composition of a picture. Early in her career, she was invited to a residency at Art Pace in San Antonio, USA. Aoshima has participated in numerous group exhibitions within and outside of Japan, held at prestigious venues such as the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon, France; the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, United Kingdom; and Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, Spain. Her art’s potential for scale has won the artist many commissions over the years: she has completed expansive mural installations at the 14th Street Union Square subway station in New York, the Gloucester Road underground station in London, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.