Akinori Oishi is an internationally acclaimed multimedia artist from Japan. He studied fine arts at Kyoto City University of Art, and later developed skills in multimedia at IAMAS (International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences / Japan).
After he won the New Talent Competition Award at MILIA (International Multi-media Fair in France) in 2001 for his thesis project for IAMAS, Akinori moved to France in order to pursue his artistic career. His work was featured in the opening exhibition of French contemporary art museum, Palais de Tokyo. He later served as a guest lecturer at ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne / University of Art and Design Lausanne) in Switzerland. In 2004, Akinori returned to Japan to teach at the Tama Art University in Tokyo. Since his return, Akinori has been active in the Japanese art scene, opening an exhibit at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, and working with Coca Cola Japan on a variety of animation projects for TV commercials. In summer 2013, he collaborated with ICC Tokyo Kids Program to showcase an interactive Augmented Reality exhibit, Mono Miru Ugoku (Seeing Objects Moving), AR Museum.
Akinori’s innocent-looking characters provide a source of entertainment for both children and grownups. In 2011, Akinori became the first Japanese to have his work featured on the cover page of Open Sky magazine on board Emirates Airline. In addition, he also worked on Yo Gabba Gabba, a children’s animation show in the US, and has been a regular guest speaker at Pictoplasma Berlin, an internationally recognized conference for character art and design.