Photo by Chelsea Chun
Haruka Aoki (she/they) is a Japanese artist and author illustrator based in Queens, New York City. 

Her work aims to inspire individuals with both wit and sincerity as her 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 nature and the metaphysical realm in their artistic practice, they hope to provoke a sense of community and interconnectedness and provide an accessible space for people to process and heal through the deep-rooted complexities of the human experience.  

Haruka’s first children book Fitting In will be published by Sky Pony Press in autumn of 2022. She 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.