Meet the Artist: Miroco Machiko
Miroco was born in 1981 in Osaka, Japan. She began painting in 2004 and has since moved to Tokyo where she keeps her studio. In her 34 years, Miroco has shown her paintings throughout Japan, created countless illustrated books and won a Japan Picture Book Awardfor her book, Ōkami ga Tobu Hi (The Day the Wolf Flies).
Work: Miroco is known for her love of animals and frequent depictions of wildlife in both painted and illustrated form. She works with bold colors and compositions and fills each piece with pattern and rich, saturated hues. Miroco’s work has a simplicity and primitiveness that feels perfect for her work with children and children’s picture books, but her color combinations and line work are well thought-out and sophisticated.