Rieko is best known for her detailed portraits of anthropomorphic creatures, usually animals or well-loved toys.
A self-taught artist and illustrator, she was born in Japan and moved to Wellington in 1999.
Rieko’s work is influenced by Pop Surrealism and the Old Masters. Aesthetic elements of Japanese pop culture such as kawaii (cute) also appear in her paintings, finely balanced with melancholy and knowing humour. Rieko’s subjects seem to be a little reluctant to reveal their stories, and often inhabit fairytale settings that evoke childhood fables. Her paintings provide a small but intriguing window into the lives of her characters.