竹井千佳 / Chika TAKEI
Chika Takei is an Illustrator and artist born in Utsunomiya City, Japan. Chika studied illustration school while working at a bank and then launched her career as a freelance illustrator at age25. Her work mainly focuses on book covers and magazines; She is currently the main illustrator for Gatten, a popular program on Japan's NHK TV network.
Chika also holds regular solo exhibitions featuring her original artwork. In 2014, Chika's artwork featured in the Tokyo Takeover pop up event organised by English fashion brand Lazy Oaf. Chika is now looking to expand her practice overseas. Chika mainly paints using acrylic gouache, preferring to use her hands as the paintbrush. Women feature prominently in her artwork. Her hope is that as many people as possible will be able to see and enjoy her artwork.