Selected Works

Hiro Ando was born in 1973 in Shikoku, Japan.

Ando is a Contemporary multi-disciplinary artist. He began his career as an illustrator after graduating from the University of Tama Art in Tokyo, producing popular works that blended Eastern and Western pop culture. Ando’s work conflates traditional and modern Japanese archetypes like Hello Kitty, the panda, the samurai, and the sumo wrestler, creating a dialogue between the traditional past and present culture. Known for his stable of reoccurring original characters, such as Sumocat and Big Samurai, Ando creates sculptures out of resin, bronze, porcelain, and even diamonds. His friendly, anthropomorphized animal figurines are interpreted as a contemporary take on the traditional maneki-neko, or lucky cat, sculptures that are prevalent in Japanese stores, restaurants, and other businesses.

The streets of Tokyo and the world of Manga inspire Japanese artist Hiro Ando to create bold, vibrant sculptures. A true polyvalent artist, Ando emerged in 1995 as an illustrator and quickly began executing works in a variety of different media including painting, digital media, sculpture, and video.

In 2005 he and artist Saori Nakamishi founded the neo-pop artist studio collective “Crazynoodles,” now comprised of 10 artists. While his paintings depict the urban Japan landscape, Ando is known for lacquering his resin, bronze, or porcelain sculptures of cats in glossy paint and ornamentation; recurring characters such as “Sumocat,” “Big Samurai,” and “Robocat” are covered in diamonds, traditional Japanese patterns, and vivid colors. The various incarnations of Ando’s cats present a contemporary twist on the ever-present maneki-neko, or lucky cat.

In 2005, Ando co-founded an artist collaborative and studio known as Crazynoodles.