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Mayuko Fujino  New York, NY

Paper cutout and magazine pages collage
Paper cutout and magazine pages collage

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About Mayuko

Mayuko Fujino is a self-taught papercut artist from Tokyo currently based in New York City. She has been practicing her art since 1999 and takes a new approach to Japanese traditional paper cutout technique by combining it with collage and other materials. The dual-layered structure of Fujino’s paper cutouts and collages corresponds to her experience of living between the Japanese traditional value of collective orientation and the concept of individualism found in western culture. Using this structure, Fujino creates fantastical narratives based on joy and psychological conflict caused by both drawing and crossing the lines between the self and others. In her fantasy, figures sometimes fly freely, melting into each other or merging with birds and plants, while at other times becoming conjoined to their own inner monsters. All are adorned with glimpses of reality: collage pieces taken from magazine pages featuring landscapes, fabric textures, garden greenery, nude pinups, etc. These images are also a reflection of Fujino’s sense of liberation from the old values and simultaneous loss of her roots as an immigrant. In the world today the difficulties of drawing lines as well as accepting others’ values have become a pressing matter. Fujino’s artwork is a part of this larger story.

Mayuko appears in the following Top 10 lists

'The Sea'

'New York'



10 of 16 reactions displayed

"This is very amazing, she should do more!"

"i love the texture aspect of this peice of work. Creating a design into one main picture is fantastic to gaze at"


"It's funny how many Asian artists are usually very simplistic in their work. I admire it and dislike it equally so. But who says art has to be all about the details, hm?"

"I love it. Oriental is classic."

"Wow, there's so much to love about these pieces - topic, color, pattern, design... I'm completely blown away. Brilliant."


"I don't know how to talk about art at all, so I can't tell you *why*, but I love these pieces. The wave especially."

"Your work is quite wonderful- loved your website as well."


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