of 80. A self taught painter and graphic designer, Awazu was a man full
of curiosity and imagination. Born in Tokyo, he started working at 12, and soon
became interested in Christianity, philosophy, communism and western cinema.
At 18 he started to teach himself drawing by copying from old art magazines and sketching
fellow commuters on the train to work. At 21 he started working in the animation field
making rough sketches, and at 25 had his first opportunity to design a poster,
commissioned by a theater group. He went on to become a famous multifaceted
graphic designer and artist involved in book design, illustration, printmaking, painting,
sculpture, exhibition and urban design, playwriting, film production and art direction.