b. 1980, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Hiroko Otake studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in the Traditional Japanese Painting method referred to as Nihonga. From 2015-2016, she entered the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists, which is sponsored by the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. She spent this year of her grant in New York City performing various scholarly activities.
Currently based in Tokyo, Otake frequently works with themes that are in relation to butterflies and flowers. When asked why she decided to follow her path as an artist, Otake expressed her desire to see original works that she had not seen anywhere else. She began to create and exhibit her artwork aspiring to make her inner images and ideas tangible. By doing so, she also became aware that through her work, she was able to better connect herself to the society around her.
While Otake’s works have previously been primarily displayed within Japan, she is now working on a much more global scale, creating and showcasing in major cities such as New York, Hong Kong, Barcelona, and Taipei.