Kanoko Takaya born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. She was first introduced to Indonesia’s vast rich culture as a child through her travels to Bali with her mother. Over their many visits, Kanoko’s love for Indonesia blossomed. After graduating from Kyoto Seika, majoring in Visual Design, she returned to Indonesia in 2014 to submerge herself in the culture. She continued her studies at Indonesia University of the Arts (ISI), Surakarta (Solo), Central Java. During her two years residing in Solo, Kanoko explored traditional Indonesian culture in depth. She was particularly fascinated by the “Bobung” mask in Yogyakarta (Central Java) and the mask of Malang (East Java). The symbolic interpretation of the expressive Indonesian masks intrigued her, she parallel’s them to the characters of the Indonesian people who are warm and welcoming. A contrast to the Japanese masks, which shows little expression but very, detailed. In her third year in Indonesia, Kanoko moved to Bali where she continues to create artwork through a variety of representation methods such as acrylic plates, illustrations on canvas, paper, and fabric, antique decoration, and other three-dimensional formats. Often inspired by elements of nature like the leaves, the flowers, the sun, and the moon, her designs are influenced by both Indonesian and Japanese references.