Shigeo Fukuda


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Feb 4 1932 – Jan 11 2009

Fukuda was a sculptor, poster designer and graphic designer who’s work was all optical illusions. His art pieces had layers of detail always using deception and perspective as elements to give depth to each piece. Shigeo Fukuda, Lunch with a Helmet On, 1987 | (848 forks, knives, and spoons) is a famous piece of his.(1)

Fukuda was born on February 14, 1932 in Tokyo. His family was involved in manufacturing toys and after the end of World War II, he became interested in the minimalist Swiss Style of graphic design. Fukuda graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1956.(1)

His home on the outskirts of Tokyo featured a 4-foot-high (1.2 m) front door that would appear from far away that someone was approaching the house. As with all Fukudas pieces this door was a visual trick, with the actual entrance to the house being a very plain white door designed to blend in seamlessly with the walls of the house.(1)

Fukuda was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 1987, New York City. The Directors Club described him as “Japan’s consummate visual communicator”. That made him the first Japanese designer chosen for this recognition. The Art Directors Club noted the “bitingly satirical commentary on the senselessness of war” shown in “Victory 1945”, which won him the grand prize at the 1975 Warsaw Poster Contest. The competition proceeds went to the Peace Fund Movement.(1)

Fukuda passed away on January 11, 2009, after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage.(1)






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