As most of my works are illustrations, subject matter usually comes from the external world—nature, people, animals, economics, politics, science and so on. Within the given pictorial frame, I try to view things differently in order to come up with unique compositions whenever possible. Whether the work is conceptual or narrative, colors and composition are the most important elements. I want my work to be eye-catching at first glance, but still quiet, calm and understated, retaining some abstraction and leaving a little room for viewers to interpret and eventually have an emotional response. It's too greedy, probably, but that's what I am always thinking I want my artwork to be.
Tatsuro Kiuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1966. After studying biology at International Christian University in Tokyo, he made the change to an art career, eventually receiving a postgraduate degree at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He started illustrating children's books with several publishers in the US and Japan. He then branched out into magazine editorial work, advertising commissions and illustrating book jackets. His first picture book, The Lotus Seed, with text by Sherry Garland (Harcourt Brace & Company), has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide. Kiuchi has been commissioned by such clients as Royal Mail, to do the Christmas Stamp Collection in 2006, and Starbucks, for the Worldwide Holiday Promotion "Pass the Cheer" in 2007. He now lives in Tokyo, Japan.