Ayako Rokkaku wearing a black T-shirt and smiling

Ayako Rokkaku

The wild freedom of youth

“When painting alone in the studio, it feels like playing – catching the energy ball between the canvas and myself”

Ayako Rokkaku fights against the mundanity of adulthood. Her paintings are innocent, imaginative and dreamlike. Intense, vibrant colours swirl together to show fields and flowers. Bug-eyed girls peer from under the paint, or drift through them on clouds. Rokkaku forgoes brushes, using her hands to apply acrylic paint straight onto canvas. She takes an intuitive approach, often working on unexpecte...

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Ayako Rokkaku (she/her) was born in 1982 in Chiba, Japan. She lives and works between Tokyo, Berlin, Porto and Amsterdam.


Ayako Rokkaku is entirely self taught. She never went to art school and finds joy improvising and experimenting in her studio.


In 2022 Rokkaku won the Scouts' Award at Geisai #4 – an art fair launched by trailblazing Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. She also won the prestigious Akio Goto Prize in 2006.

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