Keiko Nabila Yamazaki (illustrator)

Biography

English | Japanese

Keiko Nabila Yamazaki 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. Growing up with the Internet and television, Keiko is very much exposed to images and iconography. As a child, she loved watching many Western and Japanese cartoons, which led her to an interest in drawing and illustration.

Picasso’s famous quote, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” had a profound influence on her and her work. Keiko’s works are thematically playful and child-like, reminiscent of the cartoons of her childhood. Her work focuses on passion, emotion, exploration, and visual aesthetics.

Keiko uses a diverse range of media, from digital art to gouache painting. She enjoys creating things by hand and using techniques such as risograph or screen-printing when creating prints. Color is a very important aspect in her work and her color palettes are inspired from fashion, movies, and nature.