Tatsuro Kiuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1966. A biology major and graduate of International Christian University in Tokyo, he switched to an art career after graduating with distinction from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Tatsuro began illustrating children’s books with several publishers in the US and Japan, eventually branching into editorial work for magazines, book jacket illustrations, and advertising commissions.
Tatsuro excels at conveying a sense of atmosphere and ideas in a visible form. He provides highly finished illustrations on a wide range of subjects while maintaining his unique worldview. His first picture book, The Lotus Seed (text by Sherry Garland / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), has sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide. He has also been commissioned by such clients as Royal Mail to design their Christmas Stamp Collection in 2006 and Starbucks for their Worldwide Holiday Promotion Pass the Cheer. He contributed a serial comic strip titled The Earthlings, which appeared regularly in a quarterly magazine. Tatsuro is the studio owner of Pen Still Writes and a member of the Tokyo Illustrators Society. He teaches illustration at Aoyama Juku.