Naoko Ito was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She received a BA in Science of Design with a concentration in museum studies from Musashino Art University in Tokyo.
As a part of her latest series of works titled “Urban Nature” she cut tree branches into small pieces, placed them in jars and stacked them to take shape of the original branch.
"For me, successful installation work lives and dies on concept. How this concept is executed becomes almost secondary. Ito's work is brilliant both in its execution and its conveyance of the multi-layered commentaries and concepts being presented."
"On Colossal I love to share work that while easily understandable at first glance, also leaves a lasting, unforgettable impact. Naoko Ito's segmented tree branches easily fall into that category, you're immediately struck with the typical "why didn't I think of that?" moment, but then realize wow absurdly complex each sculpture must be to create."