MAKI HINO Japan

Born in Nagano Prefecture, Japanese artist Maki Hino started making ball-jointed dolls under Simon Yutsuya at ‘Ecole de Simon’ in 1993, and in 1997 she improved her technique under Ryo Yoshida at ‘Pygmalion’ Doll School. 

Hino creates enchanting three-dimensional illustrations, using acrylic, shells and shell powder, on paper to create romantic and unique Oshie dolls. Her works recall the famous illustrations by Benjamin Lacombe and Nicoletta Ceccoli, similarly sublime, original and full of beautiful shades. Hino’s art is visionary and imbued with surreal details. She has been exhibiting internationally since 2010 and for the first time in Europe with Dorothy Circus.