Noriko Oki was born in Tokyo. After graduating with a B.A. in English & American Literature from Gakushuin University, she moved to California in pursuit of Art and Design and graduated from Otis/Parsons (currently Otis College of Art and Design) in 1992 with a B.F.A. in Illustration. She has been involved in a broad range of creative fields, including film production, computer animation, graphic design, editorial illustration, and toy design. Since 2000, Noriko has been living in Japan and is now based in Tokyo, where she paints and enjoys being a mother. Noriko is currently challenging and experiencing a cure of breast cancer naturally by enjoying, appreciating, and loving life. Painting is her tool to express, and by it she wants to reach out to anyone around the world who appreciates her art to heal and grow.