Hajime Sorayama is one of Japan’s most prolific illustrators, world renowned for his depiction of robot art.

Elon Musk tweeted out a photo earlier this morning (July 11, 2020) showcasing the art and exhibition work of Japanese illustrator Hajime Sorayama. The Japanese artist, who rose to fame in the 1980s with original, futuristic art and commissioned work tied to popular culture, seems to have struck a chord with the American engineer and entrepreneur.

Check out his tweet below.

The photo depicts a life-sized femmebot (feminine robot) a depiction in line with his life’s magnum opus, that is the robots made to match the human form as close as possible.

This particular photo appears to be from one of Hajime Sorayama’s exhibitions in the United States. Game streamer and model Gina Darling replied with a photo showing the same robot from another angle. The second photo shows a similar goldplate’d robot striking a demure, human-like pose.

Combining his love for robots and inspired by pinup models seen in publications like Playboy, Hajime Sorayama refined his signature chrome-plated gynoids, or females in robotic form, to such a degree that their human-like poses seemed to skirt the line between science fiction and reality.

Here’s a taste of his most famous work.

Pretty much everything by this guy -Hajime Sorayama from r/Cyberbooty
The “Sexy Robot” series , illustrated by Hajime Sorayama from r/RetroFuturism
The Art of Hajime Sorayama from r/80sdesign

Commissioned to do pieces for major motion pictures of the ’90s and even cover art for the American rock band, Aerosmith, Hajime Sorayama became part of the who’s who for futuristic, forward thinking art.

His designs also live on through the Sony Aibo, the first mass-market consumer robot for entertainment applications. You can even catch a glimpse of this Robot Dog in Janet Jackson’s “Doesn’t really matter” music video.

Hajime Sorayama’s work continues to inspire designers and engineers since, as the years go on, the combination between man and machine becomes closer and closer.

What Elon Musk sees in Sorayama’s work, your guess is as good as mine. Perhaps Musk wants to bring a more human touch to his technology-laden vehicles. Or, he just really likes this particular photo. Musk did tweet it out


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