Fumio Obata was born in Tokyo and moved to the UK in 1991. He studied Illustration at Glasgow School of Art and visual communication at Royal College of Art in London. He is a comic book author whose work and inspiration come from cultural differences and social issues in his surroundings. His style and work are influenced by both Japanese and European esthetics. His latest graphic novel, The Garden, written by a Japan-based Scottish author, Sean Michael Wilson, explores wellbeing and meditation through gardening – a subject matter that aims towards new readership and was supported by the Arts Council of England. One of his graphic novels, Just So Happens, published by Jonathan Cape, Random House, has won many high acclaims and was translated and published in eight different countries. Obata lectures on illustration at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. Fumio has grown a strong interest in natural disasters and focuses on comic strip reportage inspired by Japan’s 2011 triple disaster that involved the controversial nuclear accident in Fukushima. His theme expands into the relationship between environment and paganism which strongly constitutes the heart of Japanese identity and explores a possible solution that could heal physiological wounds as a storyteller.
Events for Fumio Obata
Animism & Story Making in Manga: Workshop with Fumio Obata
Bigger Picture – Storytelling Through Words & Art: Avni Doshi & Fumio Obata