Japanorama meets Junko Mizuno.

Junko Mizuno [wiki] is a Japanese artist. She debuted in 1996 with a booklet called MINA animal DX. Her drawing style mixes childish sweetness and cuteness with blood and terror -a so-called kawaii noir style-. She describes her artwork as "The Powerpuff Girls on acid.". Besides her comics, sometimes published in color, she designs T-shirts, calendars, postcards, and other collectibles. Mizuno has participated at Angoulême International Comics Festival. In the U.S., Viz Comics has published some of her work.

In this video, Jonathan Ross interviews Junko Mizuno for the Japanorama BBC series.

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Group exhibition curated by Miss Van


Miss Van is one of the most important creators of a generation of artists who started off doing street art and who is progressively being accepted by the circuit of galleries and museums. Her work has been exposed in galleries like Merry Karnowsky (Los Angeles), Magda Danysz (Paris), or Jonathan Levine (New York) and she has participated in prestigious exhibitions in museums like “Spank the monkey” in Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art or in the Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal. The characters created by Miss Van oscillate between womanhood and childhood, they are overwhelmingly feminine and ooze eroticism, sensuality and provocation. But at the same time, they evoke a certain wickedness and perversion.
Throughout her artistic career she has met various creative people who share a similar artistic outline and who have tried to move away from the typical graffiti aesthetic, taking the tattoo world, comics and graphic design of the 50ies, but also the naivety and the colour spectrum of animations, as a reference. Some of these friends and collaborators who have accompanied her throughout the past few years are going to participate in the next group exhibition in Iguapop Gallery, for which Miss Van has selected 15 international artists: Jeremy Fish, Aiko, Mike Giant, Herbert Baglione, Junko Mizuno, Angelique Houtkamp, Kev Grey, Kid Acne, Javi Rodríguez, Landry et Limbo, Nano 4814, Mademoiselle Kat, Ciou and Fawn Gehweiler. This exhibition will also feature some of Miss Van’s newest work.
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