Fumio Obata

VectorFumio 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
Workshop Adult
Animism & Story Making in Manga: Workshop with Fumio Obata
Past Event

Animism & Story Making in Manga: Workshop with Fumio Obata

Date/Time: Sunday 6 February 2022 13:30-15:00Venue: Arfaj, Hilton, Al Habtoor City
Language: English
Age: 16+Session No. 806 
AED 200 
Manga artist Fumio Obata focusses on the healing aspects of creativity and being... Read More
Adult event
Bigger Picture – Storytelling Through Words & Art: Avni Doshi & Fumio Obata
Past Event

Bigger Picture – Storytelling Through Words & Art: Avni Doshi & Fumio Obata

Date/Time: Saturday 5 February 2022 12:00-13:00Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 3, Hilton, Al Habtoor City
Language: EnglishSession No. 32 
AED 65 
One of the most challenging but effective techniques available to writers and ar... Read More
Adult event
Greatest Hits of Children's Lit: Ben Miller, Erin Entrada Kelly, Fumio Obata & S.K. Ali
Past Event

Greatest Hits of Children's Lit: Ben Miller, Erin Entrada Kelly, Fumio Obata & S.K. Ali

Date/Time: Friday 4 February 2022 20:00-21:00Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 3, Hilton, Al Habtoor City
Language: EnglishSession No. 41 
AED 65 
...Well, according to these international authors, anyway! What are the books yo... Read More