To create timeless art that makes the viewer feel joyful and uplifted – this is the wish that lies at the heart of Ayaïro’s creative process.
Born and raised in Tokyo, 1991. As a toddler, Ayaïro was so absorbed in drawing that she always carried around a drawing pad and a pen, surprising everyone around her with how quickly the pen ran out of ink. Growing up, she became captivated by Western films and music, which led her to major in the English language at university. Being exposed to diverse cultures on a daily basis, she gained true understanding of the beauty of her native homeland — which she had not fully appreciated before. She started painting with her current style and theme in 2017 and today, she keeps on expressing her interpretation of the beauty and spirit of Japan, alive and well through centuries.
Living in times when globalization has started to turn cities into global villages, she strongly feels that we must not to lose sight of local uniqueness. Tradition should not be veiled, but should be applied and assimilated to the present day. Through making art, she questions herself about what it means to be Japanese in today’s world, and how to live side by side in modern society with the heritage handed down by her predecessors.
Being self-taught, her painting technique consists of acrylic and a pen. She strongly believes in the energy that color brings to people’s lives. Her simple illustration-styled art with bold lines is inspired by Japanese Anime and Manga, which she loved as a child. She re-creates pre-modern Japanese aesthetic senses epitomized by traditional arts and Ukiyo-e in a POP and modern style, while valuing a color sense particular to Japanese traditional art. The characters are portrayed without eyes, leaving room for the viewer to use his or her imagination.
2019 GIFC Tokyo, agnès b. galerie boutique Tokyo, Japan
2019 Tra Regola E Fantasia, Merlino Bottega d’Arte, Florence, Italy
2019 Little Treasures, Galleria De Marchi, Bologna, Italy
2019 Lo Spirituale Nell’Arte, Merlino Bottega d’Arte, Florence, Italy
2018 Pleiades Gallery, New York, USA
2019 Art Revolution Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 Tokyo International Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Uzna Omom, Tokyo, Japan