Keiko approaches each subject in a playful manner, focusing on emotion and exploration, and often bases her art on her own experiences, memories and dreams. She is very much inspired by Pablo Picasso’s quote: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Keiko Nabila Yamazaki is a New York-based, award-winning illustrator and surface designer. She was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. Upon graduating high school, she moved to New York City and started her BFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Keiko’s work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration and has been featured in numerous publications, such as 3x3 magazine and Long Island City/Astoria Journal.
As a child, Keiko loved watching many Western and Japanese cartoons, which led her to an interest in drawing and illustration. The art styles of these cartoons have significantly influenced Keiko’s work, as seen in the vibrant colors, whimsical shapes and thick lines that are iconic of her work.
Keiko enjoys using a diverse range of media, including digital art, gouache painting, printmaking and jewelry. She actively exhibits her work in galleries and is also active at craft fairs, selling her many products including silk scarves, tote bags, stickers, hats, and jewelry.
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