Risa Tochigi, aka Riiisa Boogie, is one half of the dynamic duo boogieREZ. Boogie is a Japanese American artist who crafts detailed imaginary creatures, flowing abstractions and fun and uniquely creative characters. Her body of work taps into the flow of the streets and the vibrations of the dance culture. Her creative spirit blends the technical mastery of traditional Japanese prints with urban imagery, materials and locations.
She is an illustrator, painter and a muralist who truly lives life to the fullest. She can’t stop, won’t stop creating! She works on a wide range of projects in a number of mediums. Recently, she has been deeply involved in using ply-wood to bring her illustrations to life. Her imagination and love of nature and design has led her to create many organically inspired pieces. Some of these projects include, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Nord Anglia International School, Art 4 WTC, Jonathan Levine projects, O+ Positive festival, Sun Rise Steam Shack, Int-O Yellow, First Street Project, Toys for Tots, Gownus Mural Project, Raw Brooklyn, Star Street Art Project, Meeting Of The Styles, Street Run, Gateway Project, and WTC building 2,3.
She believes visual art is an extremely vital component of life. Her deep need to help others is rooted in her work. She is always experimenting with different processes and pushing the boundaries. She is heavily inspired by her incredible nephew Masaki, her family, her partner in crime Rezones, the culture of HIP HOP, sensational African drum and dance, Yoga and all the amazing people that she crosses paths with on a daily basis.