Born in Aichi, Japan, in 1982, Aya Kato studied painting by self-study and graphic design at the Aichi University of Education, graduated in 2004 and started work as an illustrator in 2005.
“The picture is a place of meeting for me. I draw inspiration from my Japanese roots and traditions and became interested in the print process having studied the work of Hokusai and the world of Ukiyoe.
“For me, the beauty of Japanese art is in its two dimensions – its deepness and the beauty of the outlines. I often find inspiration from books or poetic language and my pieces extend from there. I like to think the passion I have for my work is expressed through the images I produce and would love to collaborate with people all over the world – in music, illustration and fashion.” (Computer Arts, April 2005, Aya Kato, www.computerarts.co.uk/gallery/gallery_2/april_2005?result_page=7, 20/09/09)
I'm fond of the way the figures in her work are portrayed- they are very elegant and are extremely intricate.
Aya Kato's influences are Katsushika Hokusai and Ukiyo-e (The genre of Japanese wood blocking or wood cuts, paintings, in between the 17th and the 20th century's)
She is also inspired by fairy tales such as 'Hans Christian Anderson', 'Rapunzel' as well as Japanese myths and legends, which are a big interest of mine as well.
Aya Kato Website