Aya Ito was born in Arida-city, Wakayama, in 1987. She received her BFA and MFA from Department of Painting, Graduate School of Art, Kyoto City University of Arts. Ito has studied as an exchange student at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London and completed a residency at the Royal Irish Academy (RHA) in Dublin, Ireland, in 2018. She currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland, and Wakayama, Japan. Ito has received “Arida City Cultural Award, Distinguished Service Award 2022”, “Wakayama Prefecture Cultural Award, Cultural Encouragement Award 2021”, “Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2011 shu uemura Prize, Judge’s prize (Yuko Hasegawa) 2011”, “Art Award Tokyo, Runner-up Prize 2009” and “Art Camp in Kunst-Bau, Suntory Prize 2007”. Ito’ s works are included in the collection of important institutions such as Hotel Shinwaka Lodge in Wakayama, Oike Clinic Ladies Plaza in Kyoto, The Bank of Kyoto in Kyoto, Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, The JAPIGOZZI Collection, Kyoto City University of Arts in Kyoto and Montblanc Japan.