My name is REIKO LAUPER. I’m a Japanese artist based in New York.
I’m specialized in drawings mostly using the Stippling technique and graphic art that I use my own illustration.
After having 8 years of experience working in the NY fashion industry I worked at a local art gallery in the Lower East Side, then I became a freelance artist in 2019.
I teach stippling drawing at PI Art School in NYC and I publicize my basic training here!
When people ask me what my art is about, I can simply say "my obsession." Placing millions of dots on paper oddly gives me huge satisfaction.
It literally requires a lot of time and serious focus. I work on my desk placing dots for countless hours and I realize that I'm obsessed.
I'm obsessed with pursuing "superficiality" —which is my conflict/guilty pleasure, and I try to sublimate that into my own art.
This is probably my rebellion/aspiration against academic art.
I'm also obsessed with Yin and Yang Philosophy which is the "dark-light" concept —that describes how opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
I like different things and I don't want to stick to one style, but I keep trying to express the theme through drawing things that I like with a touch of Japanese style.
I take commissions for any kind of creative project including personal portraits.
I also provide other services such as graphic design and low-budget website design using templates.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you want to purchase the original artwork.
Personal History / Exhibitions
1982 Born in Tokyo, Japan
2005 BFA in Sculpture, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Moved to New York
2007 - 2008 Hand-paint Textile Designer at Tanuki Studio
2008 - 2015 Graphic Designer at Patricia Field
2015 - 2019 Graphic Designer at Wendigo Productions NY / Art on A Gallery
2016 Got back into art after a 10-year break and started drawing
2019 - Freelance Artist / Graphic Designer / Part-time Art Teacher at PI Art Center NY
2018 Solo Exhibition, "Japonisque", Art on A Gallery, New York, NY
2018 Collaborative Exhibition, Bar LSD, Tokyo, JAPAN
2019 Collaborative Exhibition, Art on A Gallery, New York, NY
2019 Dec "Trading Card Art Show", Gristle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2020 Jan The 22nd annual "Postcards from the Edge" benefit for Visual AIDS, Bortolami, New York, NY