Hawaii artist Kris Goto’s early fascination was with manga, especially the works of artists Hayao Miyazaki, Yuu Watase, Ai Yazawa and Osamu Tezuka. She never doubted that she would be a manga artist after she graduated high school.
Born and raised in the countryside of Japan (woo hoo rice fields!!) , Kris moved to Hong Kong at a young age. She spent two years of high school in New Zealand where she discovered worlds outside manga, particularly inspired by the art of Maori tattoos, the imaginative and eerie works of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman collaboration. She moved to Hawaii in 2006 and has found great commercial success in Hawaii galleries and with collectors around the world.