Chiho Aoshima

Photo by Yuri Gomi


Chiho Aoshima made her debut with a series of chromogenic prints that took advantage of her mastery of Adobe Illustrator but has since gone on to produce digital animations, sculptures, and hand-painted works. With imagery dealing mainly with Japanese yokai and graveyard spirits, she uses dialog with the extra-dimensional to explore the personal landscape of her own subconscious. Perhaps in an attempt to gather material for such works, she has lived next door to a cemetery for the past ten years.

Whether it’s cruel, catastrophic scenes of human dismemberment or nature expressing its rage in the form of natural disasters, her images are conceived in a violent array of colors and at times seem the product of a brutal mind, but are in fact her primitive response to the terrors of our world.

1995 Graduated from Department of Economics, Hosei University, Tokyo
1974 Born in Tokyo
Solo Exhibition
2020 "Our Tears Shall Fly Off Into Outer Space" Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Hong Kong
2016 “REBIRTH OF THE WORLD”, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
“REBIRTH OF THE WORLD”, Kaikai Kiki Pop-up Gallery, Kyoto
2015 “REBIRTH OF THE WORLD”, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2008 “Kawaii! -Horror and seduction”, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
2007 Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
“Chiho Aoshima: City Glow,” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2006 “Art Wall,” Mural Installation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
“Chiho Aoshima,” Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
“Chiho Aoshima,” Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
“City Glow, Mountain Whisper,” Gloucester Road Underground Station Installation, Platform for Art, London, UK