AIKO, aka LADY AIKO, was born and raised in Tokyo before moving to New York City in the mid 1990s. She is one of the most important female street artists known for her ability to combine western art movements and eastern technical artistic skills. Already creating art since a young age, her art careen in NYC began when she started working for Takashi Murakami. She assisted Murakami’s studio in Brooklyn until the late 90s going on to a direct biography on the artists (Superflat” 1998). She met up with two American artists, the three of them would come to establish the group now known as FAILE. Creating work within the collective locally and abroad for a number of years, she moved on and established herself as LADY AIKO in 2006.
AIKO's large scale works indoors, and outdoors are installed in many cities, including Miami’s Wynwood Walls in 2009, New York City’s Bowery Wall in 2013; as the first female artist, and Coney Art Walls in 2015/2016/2017, all three curated by Jeffrey Deitch.