Animation Artist Who Projects His Memory *RERUN
Ikuo Kato is a creator with a reputation for the hand-drawn styles of his animation. From a snapshot of daily life to the afterworld, he will seek out the best techniques to express the work at hand in his creations. We look into the background of Kato and the animation he creates, using memory as a keyword.
Ikuo Kato
Kato was born in 1983.

Major animated works
"My socks" (2012)
・ 2012 Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division Jury Selection
"Persimmon Tree" (2012)
"Clown and blue flower" (2015)
"WATER IN THE CUP" (2018)
・ 2019 Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division Jury Selection
"Boy and dog" (2019, currently in production)

My socks

This piece is based on a memory Kato has from childhood, when he returned home with muddy socks. He draws in a style where an afterimage remains, expressing his vague memories.

Persimmon Tree

This piece is based on a memory of the day Kato's pet dog died. By using face and body parts that look like papercut art, and purposely moving the parts awkwardly, he is able to express the unbearable memories.

WATER IN THE CUP

Here, Kato expresses life and death repeated in the cycle of rebirth. By focusing on the materials he used, and layering thin lines drawn by color pencils, he's able to give birth to an animation with a unique movement.