Being a human is the pits. Turn me into a dog, but not just any dog. I want to be a dog with green and orange fur. A dog with a snail for a hat, basking in the light radiating from a melon. I want to be a dog brimming with confidence while counting apples. Yes, I want to be that dog.

Heavily influenced by cute culture, idols, fashion, horror, and anxiety, I paint and draw to create a group that I can belong to. Whether it’s aggressive children, stylish puppies, or sad flowers, my subject matter acts as a vehicle to deliver color combinations that simultaneously soothe and irritate the senses.

Al Baio (b. 1986, New York, NY) lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. She received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has participated in group exhibitions at Fisher Parrish Gallery, NY; Daimaru Shinsaibashi, Osaka; Martos Gallery, NY; Rabbithole Gallery, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and held a solo exhibition at the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College, Soldotna, AK. Her favorite color is yellow.

© al baio, 2021