Born in Tokyo in 1973 and currently based in San Francisco, Junko Mizuno is a self-taught artist and illustrator acclaimed worldwide. With a 15-year-experience, she is recognized for her unique visual Gothic Kawaii iconography.
Among her influences, her work is inspired by Japanese pop culture from '70s and '80s, with the sources of her inspiration stemming from fetish art, folk art, religious art, psychedelic art, pin-up art, advertising art, vintage toys, fashion, comic, food, nature, movies, TV shows, video games and so on. Her iconic and extremely elaborated artworks celebrate the power of women, who are represented as goddesses capable of vitality and seduction, but also conveying devastating energy.
Leader of the contemporary Asian pop movement, Mizuno influenced many young artists and her work has been featured in museums and fine art galleries around the world.