Leo Espinosa

A great compilation of Japanese inspired kawaii art has been put together by my talented friend Charuca in the recently published book, I♥KAWAII.
The term Kawaii (Japanese for cute) represents a whole movement of popular culture that started in the seventies in Japan and has become one of the most iconic and recognizable graphic phenomena in the world today.
To me, the most beautiful thing about this book is that through a vast array if styles, one can see how the movement has been visually translated into different cultures that have assimilated its essence without doing a mere copy of it.

I'm honored to be included in this fantastic group of artists and friends, including Aranzi Aronzo, Bubi Au Yeung, Catalina Estrada, Charuca, Devil Robots, FriendsWithYou, Laura Osorno, Mari-Chan, Meomi, Mizuka, Peskimo, Superdeux, Tado and many more!

I♥KAWAII is available online HERE and worldwide in the next couple of months.
If you are interested in getting a signed copy + a super cute pack of postcards by Charuca, you can contact her directly.
Thank you, Charuca + Monsa!
cover illustration © Charuca
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