Photo by: Karin Shikata

KiKi
Illustrator & Muralist

KiKi is a Japanese Illustrator born in a beautiful small village in Japan, based in Berlin, Germany.

Her illustrations are greatly influenced by her childhood memories in a small Japanese village rich in nature where was born and raised. She learned about Intuition, sensation, and many colors formations there and met characters hidden in nature.

She graduated from character design – Illustration & Animation at Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2012, and worked for 3 years as an assistant in the manga department of Kyoto University of Art and Design.

In the summer of 2016, she moved to an international city, Berlin, Germany, out of her desire to see more of the world. The intersection of different races, cities, and nature has further developed her sense of color.

Currently, along with she works with businesses on illustrations, she creates illustrations as a tool for the natural environment and peaceful activities. In particular, her murals breathe new life into buildings, connect people and communities through illustrations, and create a circle of happiness.

Linkedin  / instagram

※As a sequela of sudden deafness that developed at the end of 2021, I have a recruitment phenomenon (Deafness in the high register/ auditory hyperesthesia) in my left ear, so sometimes difficult to listen. When talking I may ask again and I often have earplugs in my left ear.

Her story

There is no public transport. An hour drive to the nearest store by her father’s car. Anyway, her home town is a really small village with really beautiful nature (Currently about 25 people live in there). When she was a child, it was great entertainment to play endlessly with paper, color pens, and the fantasy world of her head.

Since there was no high school closeby, she left her home to go to the one in another city. she had to be independent of 15 years old and drawing illustrations with the fantasy world of her head became mental support for her.

Clients

Embassy of Germany -Tokyo, Japan / Süddeutsche Zeitung Familie – Munich, Germany / Tandem APP – Berlin, Germany / ELEMINIST  magazine – Tokyo, Japan / BE-PAL magazine  – Tokyo, Japan / veggy  magazine -Tokyo, Japan / etc…

Awards

World Web Article Award 2019 / writes publisher prize
– Tokyo, Japan. As a supplementary prize, my essay joined a book and published in 2020

Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduation show 2012 / Character design department Outstanding Student Award
– Kyoto, Japan

 Press

TANDEM TALES: FROM LANGUAGE EXCHANGE TO ART EXHIBITION

Column series

She has written a series of columns on sustainability in several Japanese media.

Young Germany  /  Client: Embassy of Germany -Tokyo, Japan 
ELEMINIST /  Client :trustridge Inc. – Tokyo,Japan 
BE-PAL /  Client : Shogakukan Inc.- Tokyo,Japan