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Tatsuro Kiuchi is a Japanese illustrator of international renown. His picture book, The Lotus Seed, has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide, and he has worked with clients such as The Boston Globe, Fortune Magazine, The Guardian, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Starbucks, and Wieden+Kennedy.
Tatsuro had originally intended to make a career in biology, and graduated from the International Christian University in Tokyo with that degree. He later switched gears and enrolled in the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He graduated with distinction and set out illustrating children’s books for Japanese and American publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Random House, and Simon & Schuster. Later, Tatsuro branched out into editorial work and the illustration of book jackets and advertising commissions.
Mr. Kiuchi’s style is a happy blend of both Japanese and Southern California influences. There are just as many technical influences from woodblock printing as there are from David Hockney*. You can also see the pop cultural references of each environment creep into his work. This unique blend of influences has given Tatsuro’s work a decidedly modern feel, and an international appeal. Combine this with an ample amount of talent and a serious work ethic and it’s no wonder why Tatsuro has achieved such success.
*We know David Hockney is a British artist, but his depictions of Southern California defined the region for generations to come.