Born in 1972 in Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
Katsuyo Aoki is best known for her intricately formed and complex ceramic skull objects. As the artist states, “skulls express the sacred and vulgar atmosphere of the present age.” Working almost exclusively in white porcelain, Aoki elevates her undeniably macabre subject matter through the use of elegant, organic swirls in a style immediately reminiscent of Rococo interior design. In abandoning straight lines for these exclusively curvilinear forms, Aoki attempts to evoke a feeling of spiritual tranquility and awe in her viewers, and to express the important contradictions of her contemporary time.
Aoki’s detailed works have been shown throughout Japan in a number of solo exhibitions and in several international group exhibitions across the world, such as at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Ceramics from Tama Art University in Tokyo.