Aki Kano is a Brooklyn-based artist specializing in watercolor painting. Aki’s passion is painting portraits. Aki painstakingly captures the essence and likeness of her subjects in watercolor. Aki's understated and sensitive approach to brushwork evokes the inner spirit of the people and animals that she represents.

Aki received her B.F.A from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as well as a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. After working as a fashion and handbag designer for over 12 years, she returned to her love of art. She has completed many portrait commissions since then.

She recently received the Leila Gardin Sawyer Award at the 2018 90th Grand National Exhibition of the American Artist Professional League in NYC.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; School of Art and Design- B.F.A 1997
Fashion Institute of Technology- Fashion Design- A.A.S 2000
Art Students League, NYC- 2010- Present


November 2018- American Artists Professional League/90th Grand National Juried Exhibition @ the Salmagundi Club- Recipient of the Leila Gardin Sawyer Memorial Award

January-February 2018- Manhattan Borough President's Office/ 9th Annual Small Works Show

December 2017-January 2018- 440 Gallery, NYC/13th Annual Small Works Show

October- December 2017-  American Artists Professional League/89th Grand National Juried Exhibition

October 2017- Makers Way Garment District Alliance Arts Festival

December 2016- Present- Brigid’s Well, NYC

December 2015- Ground Floor Gallery, NYC/ Holiday Show

November- December 2016- Diana Kane Boutique, NYC/ Feminist Icons Show
2015-2016- Norman and Jules Boutique, NYC