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Aiko Robinson

AikoRobinson_smAiko Robinson is a Christchurch born artist of Japanese and New Zealand heritage. She graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, NZ in 2014.  Currently she is based in Tokyo, Japan undertaking her masters at Tokyo University of the Arts on a Japanese Government funded scholarship (MEXT Scholarship). Her current practice is a response to shunga (‘spring pictures’), a form of pornography that flourished in Japan during the Edo period between the 17th and 19th centuries. Robinson’s imagery evokes the idealised visions of the shunga artist, with an interest in how they might compare to prevailing ideas regarding pornography in contemporary society.

She was selected as a finalist for both the Henrietta and Lola Anne Tunbridge Scholarship for watercolour painting 2014, and the Waikato Society of Arts Painting and Printmaking award 2015. Robinson was also the inaugural recipient of the Auckland Print Studio Prize for 2015. In 2017 she received the Monbukagakusho: MEXT scholarship, from the Government of Japan to enable foreign students to study at Japanese Universities.
She has exhibited within New Zealand as well as Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.

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Exhibitions:
Folding in Forests, 2018
Afternoon Delight, 2017
Last Judgement, group exhibition, 2016
Head over Heels, 2015

Article by Warren Feeney, The Press, Christchurch, 10 July, 2015