Aki Rusu was born in 1976 in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan. She completed her MFA at Tama Art University in Tokyo in 2002 and established her own studio in 2012. The focus of her work is creating sculptures in iron. She explained, "I am always searching for impressive forms that are created out of the unique iron fragments that I have discovered by experimenting with the material. Knowing the nature or characteristics of these fragments is very important. These exciting discoveries during the fabrication process have been the foundation of all of my work."
Rusu was the winner of the Tansuioh grand prize in 2017 and the Takashimaya Art Award in 2016, and received a contemporary art award from the Japan Arts Foundation in 2003. Her work has been exhibited in numerous public museums in Japan, including the Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art in 2014, the Hagi Uragami Museum in 2012, the Chigasaki City Museum of Art in Kanagawa in 2008, The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo in 2007 and the Tsukuba Museum of Art in Ibaraki in 2004.