Ayako Rokkaku’s Transformation from Regional Sensation to Global Art Market Star

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“Nico first encountered Ayako Rokkaku’s art through his friend Takashi Murakami and thought she was a great fit for us,” said Robrecht de Vocht, manager of Gallery Delaive. “He was captivated by the colorful works and her original technique of applying paint to the medium with her bare hands.” The 2007 exhibition ended up traveling to galleries in Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and Italy.

Born in Chiba-shi, a town situated in the greater Tokyo area, in 1982, Rokkaku is best known for her large-scale, charmingly dippy landscapes depicting vivid scenes replete with female characters, tiny flowers, skulls, and animals who look as if they are suspended in motion. Through a multimedia practice incorporating wool, cardboard, layered acetate, and antique Louis Vuitton suitcases, the Japanese artist generates a visual language that takes pleasure in the simple joys of life, while equally celebrating the absurd.

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