Chiho Aoshima

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Chiho Aoshima's Mujina, 2002-03

Chiho Aoshima (青島千穂?, born 1974 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese pop artist and member of Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Collective. Aoshima graduated from Department of Economics, Hosei University, Tokyo. She had a residency at Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas in 2006. This young graphic artist began in Murakami’s factory with no formal art training. Aoshima’s work often involves surreal scenes and dreamscapes, often including ghosts, demons, nature and young women. Aoshima mostly prints large scale images onto papers with heavy-duty printers, but she has also printed on materials such as leather and plastic surfaces to give her images different textures. Aoshima now lives and works in Tokyo.

Aoshima has also done a sculpture piece and an animation, and she has recently revealed her largest image yet which measures 32.5 meters in length and 4.8 meters in height. In addition, Aoshima has her work on the walls of the New York City Transit. The images in the train station are part of her City Glow Series. She is also displaying her work in an exhibition in the Gloucester Road tube station in London and the 14th Street – Union Square subway station in New York City. Aoshima states that, "My work feels like strands of my thoughts that have flown around the universe before coming back to materialise."

The works of Aoshima are considered to be superflat, the postmodern art movement which was founded by Takashi Murakami.


2008: City Glow Video Installation was on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. through May 11. Now on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery through September 7, 2008

2007: The Divine Gas on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, on the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall. Ending October 28. [1]

2007: City Glow on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, in the Audrey Jones Beck Building. Ending September 9.

August 2006 – January 2007: Art on the Underground at Gloucester Road tube station, London. [2]

2006: Lyon Contemporary Art Museum, Lyon, France and Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom

2005: Installation at 14th Street – Union Square subway station, New York City.

2003: UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris.

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