Risa Tochigi, aka 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 loving 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, Raw Brooklyn, Star Street Art Project, Meeting Of The Styles, Mural WTC2
She believes visual art is an extremely vital component of life. She is always experimenting with different processes and pushing the boundaries. The art movement called UMEWE draws a tremendous amount of creative encouragement found in all her projects. This crusade was developed as a collaborative effort in which art and design act as a platform to promote optimism and combat depression. Her deep need to help others is rooted in her work. She is heavily inspired by her incredible nephew Masaki, 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.