Photo by Chelsea Chun
Haruka Aoki (she/they) is a Japanese artist, poet, and award-winning illustrator based in NYC. By exploring the experience of life and metaphysical realms through their artwork, Haruka hopes to provoke connection, a sense of community, and joy!

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 her work. By exploring nature and the metaphysical realm as an accessible space to heal and create, they are processing the deep-rooted complexities of the human experience, while reminding people, “you’re not alone, my friend.”  

Her first children book Fitting In will be published by Sky Pony Press in autumn of 2022. Haruka studied at Brown University and Pratt Institute. They enjoy catching up on gossip with the neighborhood cats, trying dumplings from all over the world, and visiting the universe in their meditations.