Award-Winning Creative “YKBX”, the “Andy Warhol” of Japan, Signs with STORIES INTERNATIONAL’s Management Division


Genius artist YKBX, whose work in art, film, design, art direction, and creative direction, and whose work includes designing Mario in 3D for Nintendo, has signed with STORIES INTERNATIONAL, INC., as a client of the company’s creative management division for international representation. [1]

YKBX began his career as a 3D designer at NAMCO and Nintendo, where he designed the “Mario” character of Super Mario Bros. fame in 3D.

He has since expanded his works into art direction, animation, music videos, commercials, film, and art installations, including music video work for top Japanese top singer Namie Amuro, legendary humanoid persona Miku Hatsune’s Vocaloid Opera “The End”, the opening video for anime series Ghost in the Shell: Arise, and the station identification for MTV UK’s TOP 50.

YKBX has won awards for his work across major media categories including music, media arts, and design, such as the MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, SIGGRAPH, JAPAN Media Arts Festival, ANNECY, onedotzero, 3DCG Awards, and SIGGRAPH ASIA.

YKBX recently closed a deal with post house Robot for management in Japan and to provide studio support for the artists’ myriad of projects.

“It is truly an honor to work with such a unique and talented creative mind as YKBX. His ability to create in nearly any medium makes him a force to be reckoned with, and we look forward to helping him to bring his great works to the world,” explains Evan J. Cholfin, Head of Development and Production at STORIES INTERNATIONAL.

Tomoya Suzuki, STORIES’ President and CEO, elaborates, “Simply, he is a genius. You will know what I mean when you see his creations. Seeing is inspiring. We want to keep seeing his creations, and we will support him by providing the environment for him to flourish in the international creative world.”

YKBX says, “I look forward to a bright future ahead working with STORIES for truly international projects.”

For collaboration opportunities with YKBX, please contact STORIES INTERNATIONAL, INC.

[1] * Projects for Japanese language territory are managed by a different manager in Japan.