Born in 1958 MARIKO is a French-born conceptual artist and sculptor best known for her large-scale sandstone characters, portraying animals and human figures. Influenced by her upbringing in the vast African island of Madagascar, at an early age she was introduced to the principles of the technique specific craftsmanship of sandstone sculpture. She became fascinated by the Masai technique of transforming fine sandstone material into legendary characters, thus becoming the basis of her work. Upon returning to France she found further inspiration by the Cubist Movement, while studying at Les Baux Arts. Mariko seeks balance and harmony to enlighten the vital strengths, highlighting a fusion between Cubist influence and the primitive arts.
Mariko expresses her vision of important themes such as bullfighting, classical music, geishas and femininity, in large scale sculptures, where curves, smooth and rounded edges are visible.