Erotic robot fetish? We can only be talking about one country, and that’s Japan – specifically artist Hajime Sorayama who has been fusing the female form with sci-fi tech since graduating from a Tokyo art school in 1969. Some of his creations may seem familiar even if your tastes are a bit more fleshy, as his Sexy Robot collection of the early ’80s was so successful it gained mainstream attention – changing the face of album artwork for a period.
Soroyama’s female androids led him to collaborate with Sony on their award-winning AIBO robotic pet design in the late ’90s, but he was soon back to humanoids with Aerosmith’s Just Push Play album art in 2001. A talented illustrator of real female subjects as well as those with mechanical suction, Soroyama has been commissioned by the likes of Pepsi and Lucky Strike cigarettes to produce classic buxom beauties, and sometimes the artist welds his human and robotic styles together to make cyborg art. The Aishonanzuka gallery in Hong Kong is hosting an exhibition from Soroyama’s extensive career from 7 September to 5 October, with a focus on the iconic androids of the 1980s.