LY was born in Tokyo in 1981. LY’s city landscapes merge together several classical urban art elements and imagery such as Skate parks and shops, burger joints and subway stations immersed in a more traditional Japanese architecture and design style. Her works are always executed mastering an incredibly various and lively scale of blacks and grays colors, applied meticulously, layer by layer, in order to obtain a neat and unique aesthetic effect, usually slightly melancholic. These black and white compositions are very often populated by LUV (or LUVS), a mysterious dark figure, designed in the appearance of a good Monster, conceived putting again together bits of Japanese classic heritage and classical comics hints. This character, who can be interpreted like the artist alter-ego, gives new meanings to everyday actions opening up different readings of the social and cultural behavior in the present metropolitan life.
Her solo exhibitions include: "Far from Home" (Calm & Punk Gallery, Tokyo, 2016), "Somewhere" (Omotesando Rocket, Tokyo, 2017), "Outside, Inside," (GALLERY TAEGET, Tokyo, 2018), "LUVS" (Avenue des Arts, Los Angeles, 2020), "The Ways LUVS look" (GR Gallery, New York, 2021), etc.