*1951 Tsu, Japan – lives in Berlin
Leiko Ikemura grew up in Japan, close to the seaside, to which she established a strong connection that is clearly reflected in her later works, and studied Spanish literature at the University of Foreign Languages in Osaka. In 1972, she immigrated to Spain to continue her studies in Salamanca and Granada. In parallel, and mainly thanks to a friendship with a sculptor, she started working on sculpture herself. Between 1973 and 1978, she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Seville. Following her many journeys across Europe, she finally moved to Zürich in 1979. In Switzerland, Ikemura left her first visible mark on the artistic scene of Zürich of the early 1980s.