Yoshitaka Amano

天野喜孝, 天野嘉孝
Birth:Mar 26, 1952
Years active:1967-Present
Hometown:Shizuoka, Japan
Websitehttps://www.yoshitakaamano.com/ Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/yoshitakaamano/ A Japanese artist illustrator and designer. Amano first came into prominence in the late 60s working on the anime adaptation of Speed Racerhttps://anilist.co/anime/1445/. He later became the creator of iconic and influential characters such as Gatchamanhttps://anilist.co/anime/2389/ Tekkamanhttps://anilist.co/anime/1458/ Hutch the Honeybeehttps://anilist.co/anime/3858/ and Casshanhttps://anilist.co/anime/4810/. In 1982 he went independent and became a freelance artist finding success as an illustrator for numerous authors and worked on bestselling novel series such as The Guin Saga and Vampire Hunter D. He is also known for his commissioned illustrations for the popular videogame franchise Final Fantasy. Since the 90s Amano has been creating and exhibiting paintings featuring his iconic retro pop icons in galleries around the world primarily painting on aluminium box panels with acrylic and automotive paint. He is a 5time winner of the Seiun Award and also won the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman Sandman: The Dream Hunters. Amanos influences include early Western comic books Orientalism art nouveau and Japanese woodblock prints. In early 2010 he established Studio Devaloka a film production company. Source: Wikipedia