Fujimoto Akiko (née Fujii Akiko) is a Japanese artist, born in Osaka, where she now lives. She studied western oil painting at Kyoto City University of Arts where she received her master’s degree in 1989. Over the course of nearly 30 years she has established and developed a rich painting practice that embraces figuration, narrative, psychological states of mind and history. She draws her source material and reference points from the history of painting, ancient traditional tales from around the world, children’s stories as well as contemporary literature. Her paintings are ‘peopled’ by frogs, tadpoles, pill bugs, as well as humans and lost souls. She has exhibited widely in Japan, including solo exhibitions in Hikone, Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo.