Photo by Chelsea Chun
Haruka Aoki (she/they) is a queer Japanese artist, poet, and author-illustrator of children’s books based in Queens, New York City. 

Their narrative artwork, which has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, aims to inspire individuals with both wit and sincerity as their hand-drawn characters engage the world around them.

Growing up often unsure of where “home” would be next, Haruka found and continues to find comfort in nature and community, a constant starting point in their work. By exploring the metaphysical realm in their artistic practice, they hope to provoke a sense of interconnectedness and provide an accessible space to process and heal as a collective. 

Haruka received her BA from Brown University and her MS from Pratt Institute. She often feels deeply grateful to be an earthling and loves to frequent the universe in her meditations.