The Mind-Blowing Art of Hikaru Cho
You might have come across Hikaru Cho's works a couple times...her art is mind-blowing!
She's responsible for some of the most baffling and uncanniest skin art circulating around the web. If the name doesn't ring a bell, maybe a sample of her work will.
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Hikaru Cho is a young 3D artist who does stunning optical illusions. She currently resides in Japan. Hikaru's medium of choice is usually acrylic. Apart from body painting she also ventures into stop-motion movie, illustration, clay sculpture, clothing design, character design, among others.
But set her apart from other artists who do body paint. Forget vibrant colours and birds and fishes, Hikaru Cho doesn't do do that. How about five more eyes on the face or a human cyborg? Now, that's more like it.
As for her painting career's origin this is how she responded,
''It all began when I wanted to paint something at home and I looked around for something to paint on, I couldn't be bothered to look hard so I used my hand and painted an eye on it that turned out to be quite freaky. So I took a picture and when i showed that to people they were very shocked.''
She further explains,
“I don’t really have a reason why I started doing those pictures. But I guess I was a little sick of everyone making pictures with their computers and wanted to see how far I can go without those technologies such as Photoshop.”
Born to Chinese parents, the young Hikaru Cho continues to make waves in Japan. She has not ceased impressing the public since she started Musashino Art University in 2012.
She has recently collaborated with Amnesty International to produce ‘My Body My Rights’, centered on people's body rights.
A face emerging from a cracked face, symbolising emotional scars.
A model with a keyhole on her stomach and a key to go with it in her hand, depicting the woman's right over her own body and when to have children.
A woman's hand re-imagined to double as a compartment, revealing a set of pills. This tackles the issue of women's right to contraception and sexual health.
A powerful body painting of Hikaru to represent everyone's right to choose who they want to love; equality for all.
She has also worked with Samsung early this year to create a series of body art that reflects the company's new mobile phone releases, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Her works meant to creatively highlight the phones' cool new features.
“I wanted to show the way that technology has become so integral to modern life. This design was inspired by the Galaxy S6’s wireless charging capabilities,” Hikaru says.
“I also created 2 designs that were inspired by the look of the phones themselves. The thin, sleek design of the Galaxy S6 inspired my ‘Flat Face’ artwork.”
Believe it or not, the colours on this one isn't photo-manipulated. To represent Samsung's filters, Hikaru painted half of the model's face grey, made the model wear a half-grey wig and grey contacts. Incredible.
For her final piece for Samsung, Hikaru used her own face as canvass. This one is to portray the convenient swiping motion used in modern mobile phones.
Watch this video if you can't get enough of Hikaru's stunning art either. Go on, I've replayed it a dozen times myself.