Paper Cut Art by Masayo Fukuda

Japanese ancestral art “Kirie” is about cutting and create an artwork on a simple sheet of paper and making it contrast against a black background. This Japanese art that literally translates as “cut-out image”; there are many variants of this art in cultures around the world, but the Japanese version is derived from ancestral religious ceremonies dating back to the year 700 AD.

Masayo Fukuda has been practicing this art for 25 years and has just unveiled her greatest masterpiece for 2018. It is a complex piece in the shape of an octopus that is so real that one might think she was not made from a single sheet of paper. Masayo insists she remains faithful to old techniques. Her works look stunningly elaborate; you can check out some of them below.