Aki Kano is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY.  For fifteen years she designed for such fashion houses as Vera Wang and Ralph Lauren, but always felt drawn to the meticulous and magical art of portraiture, where the emotional world comes to life before your very eyes.  

She experimented with oil paints and watercolors, and then one day painted the first watercolor portrait--of the most personal subject she had: her baby boy.  Since that day Aki has painted many more portraits, always guided by the quiet passion evident in her captivating work.  Her goal as a portrait artist is to reveal the pure and essential aspects of the person, and reflect in the piece her own unique understanding of the subject.

"But painting is not magical to me," Aki says.  "It's more like training, like exercise.  A lot of times it's just hard work.  Then there are moments, when it's a good painting, where I think, wow, wait--how did I do that?"



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


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