Kikuko Morimoto was born in Kobe, Japan. She began taking painting classes at an early age focusing on water color and oil painting. Despite initial plans to study painting in college, she shifted to studying film at Osaka University of Art. While studying film both at Osaka University of Art and California College of Arts, she continued to paint on her own. She then worked for seven years as a director and a producer for a TV/Film production company in Tokyo before being admitted to Columbia University's Graduate Film program. While at Columbia she received numerous awards and merit scholarships for her short films and videos. She also studied oil and acrylic painting in Columbia's Visual Art department and started to work with more abstract style.
In 2007, she joined the Art Students League of New York where she studied paintings and mixed media with Bruce Dorfman.
She received Vaclav Vytlacil Memorial Scholarship in 2012 from Art Students League of New York. Her works has been shown in a number of group exhibitions, including The 2nd Annual Summer Exhibition - Manhattan Borough President's Offices, 2013; NYU Langone Medical Center HJD, 2014; The Conference Board 2014; New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) and Artist’s Proof Gallery in Washington D.C. 2015. She had her first solo show at No Eyes Viewing Wall (NEVW) Brooklyn Zen Center, NY, March 2014. She participated Affordable Art Fair Spring, New York in 2014. Some of her works are viewable at Artist’s Proof Gallery in Washington D.C.
Her 20 years of practicing meditation influences her art and her creative process.
Her art seeks to apply luminosity of color, light, and flow to the inner stillness she finds by mediating. Her inspiration and creativity are derived both from her personal inner space, but also from her surrounding world.