Audrey Kawasaki is a Japanese-American artist known for her figurative, erotically charged paintings which portray a young women. Kawasaki’s work contains contrasting themes of innocence and eroticism, conveying the mysterious intrigue of feminine sensuality. Her sharp imagery is painted with precision onto wooden panels, the natural grain adding warmth to her enigmatic subject matter. Her art, influenced by the artist such as Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt, seems like a blend of Japanese manga and Art Nouveau.
Born and raised in Los Angeles Kawasaki grew up reading Japanese manga comics, which inspired her to draw from an early age. She started taking after-school fine art classes at Mission Renaissance in her late teenage years. There she learned the basic foundation of drawing and painting. She attended Pratt Institute in New York after graduating high school, but left after two years without completion of degree. She started professionally showing at various art galleries in the US and internationally since 2005.