Monday, January 17, 2011

Akiko Hoshino - In Memoriam

Normally when the Pastel Journal drops through the letterbox it is a highlight of the month. Just today I received the February issue, and was deeply saddened by the news of the death of talented pastel artist Akiko Hoshino. Akiko died on October 28, 2010 in New York from injuries received when struck by a car driving backwards as she crossed the street. Akiko fought for her life in the hospital for a few days after the accident, but eventually succumbed to her critical injuries.
Her dramatic and accomplished figurative pastels received awards in the PSA Annual the first time that she entered the exhibition in 2007, again in 2008 and she was awarded Master Pastelist status in 2009. The world of pastel has lost a great talent. I express my condolences to her mother and family.

Akiko was featured in the April 2010 issue of the Pastel Journal; the article is available as a complimentary download on
This blog had already done a post on her work, in March 2010.

This is the piece for which Akiko was posthumously awarded the Silver Medal of Honor at the Allied Artists ceremony. In a final, cruel irony, this beautiful, sensitive pastel is called Be Alive.


  1. So very sad..

    Her work was very beautiful. I know of The Stranded and admired her vision.

  2. Mary - I revisited her website after I learned the dreadful news, and I can truly say that the world has lost a unique and sensitive artist. She had already developed her signature style, her singular vision. She is irreplaceable and it is our loss.