Currently based in Queens, New York, Mayuko Fujino grew up in a Tokyo suburb. She’s a cutout and collage illustrator, who was inspired to take up art by the books of David Hockney, and the film Yellow Submarine by The Beatles, among other things. She started drawing posters in elementary school, and later on discovered traditional Japanese stencil dying. The latter prompted her move towards making similar images from cut out pieces of paper.
Her work has featured in advertising, music packaging, editorial projects, on garments and even in carpet designs.
Mayuko has no formal art training, but has been developing her skills in paper cut outs and making art since 1999.
Mayuko’s artwork mimics a stencil or a print but instead of blocks of ink she uses cut out pieces of coloured paper or photographs to piece together a striking, graphic image. What she pays attention to the most is the balance between the space occupied by the colourful image elements, and the white areas surrounding them. Getting the balance right, she ensures the outcome never looks cluttered or fuzzy to the viewer.
The style imputed to her images very much comes down to her selection of cut out shapes. Nature including plants, flowers and birds often comes to the fore and with their gentle curves her images have a decorative feel to them. She creates whimsical characters, and abstract or psychological stories that take place in imaginary worlds.
Thank you so much for everything that you did for us. The art is amazing and truly unlike anything else in the book. I hope to be able to work with you again sometime in the future.
Rachael Matthews, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Mayuko, well, you’ve outdone yourself! What stunning work!
Beautiful execution and exactly what my client was looking for.
Your interpretation of the concept was spot-on.
The fact that you were agreeable to working within our budget and that you met the deadline was a bonus. Thanks for being such a pleasure to work with!
"The Indianapolis" is the premiere international violin competition in the world and, like the Olympics, it only happens every 4 years. In 2018 it will be represented by your incredible artistic talent. We couldn’t have picked a better illustrator to commemorate the event.
Thanks for your insight and your gift. It’s been a joy!
Tim Wallis - Creative Director, Solo Creative
I was a pleasure working with Mayuko! Her illustration style is very unique, I have not seen anything like it. She did a wonderful job illustrating a haiku for Cricket magazine. I am sure our young readers will love her beautiful art work! Mayuko delivered sketches and final art on time. I would like to work with Mayuko again in the future.
Anna Lender - Associate Art Director, Cricket Media
I commissioned Mayuko in order to create an abstract shaped world map which yet had to be accurate enough in order to point out places. Mayuko was very helpful and delivered a beautiful piece of art precisely to the brief. She sent along a number of suggestions, responds to emails quickly and had the final artwork delivered within a few days. It was a pleasure to work with her.