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Art Watch : Maki Hino

Maki Hino is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across nay discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.

Why Maki Hino?

The artist, born in Nagano Prefecture, is a Japanese. Hino started making ball-jointed dolls under Simon Yutsuya at ‘Ecole de Simon’ in 1993. In 1997 she improved her technique under Ryo Yoshida at ‘Pygmalion’ Doll School.

Hino has fused the techniques she learnt into one unique visual language for herself, which she shares generously with the world. Her paper-dolls are exquisite. Each paper doll is formed with love and care- Hino gives each of her dolls a unique personality and narrative. The dolls for her are a tool to explore what she calls the “human-shape” -be it mental, emotional, or physical.

Maki Hino creates these enchanting three-dimensional creatures, using acrylic, shells and shell powder, on paper to create romantic and unique Oshie dolls. The materials are as important as are her final paper sculptures. Her works recall the famous illustrations by Benjamin Lacombe and Nicoletta Ceccoli, which were similarly sublime, authentic and showcased beautiful shades. Hino’s art is definitely visionary and ensconced with surreal details. Hino was inspired one night when she remembers looking up at the full moon. There is something ephemeral about her softly floating dolls with the most sublime expressions and gentle and subtle strokes of colour.

She has been exhibiting internationally since 2010 and for the first time in Europe with Dorothy Circus.


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