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 Michael Furuya  (1960 - )

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Lived/Active: Hawaii      Known for: freelance illustration-children's books, scene painting, costume design

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Michael Furuya was born and raised in Hawaii where he graduated from James B. Castle high school. After attending the California College of Arts and Crafts, Michael graduated from the Academy of Art College with a BFA in Illustration. He then moved back to Hawaii and worked as a freelance illustrator.

Some of his credits and clients include: 1991 GTE Hawaiian Tel phone book cover, First Hawaiian Bank, Duty Free Hawaii, Meredith Corporation NY, the 1998-99 Hawaii Wildlife conservation stamp, The Hawaii Nature Center, the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co., Lion Coffee, Hawaii Opera Theater, Ala Moana Center and has his work in several private collections.

Michael is the illustrator of the award winning children's books How the B-52 Cockroach Learned to Fly, Wailana The Waterbug, and local best sellers, Beyond 'Ohi'a Valley: Adventures in a Hawaiian Rainforest and The Adventures of Gary and Harry: A Tale of Two Turtles.

In 1995 Michael co-founded with Lisa Matsumoto, Ohia Productions, a non-profit theater company and Lehua Inc., a publishing company. His theater credits include: Puppet Designer/Constructor, Puppeteer, Scenic Painter, Set Designer/Constructor, Costume Designer/Constructor and Technical Director.

Michael received a Po'okela award for his costume designs for Happily Eva Afta. Michael has designed sets, costumes and puppets for Ohia Productions educational road shows: Fun with Fables, I Wish...Wishing Tales from Around the World, Legends of the Pacific, Voices of the Rainforest, In the Clear Blue Sea, Under the Hawaiian Sky, Beneath the Ocean Blue and Wings of the Islands.

Other credits include puppet designs for: Little Shop of Horrors and On Dragonfly Wings.

Submitted by James Hustace, Hawaii

Text courtesy of Cedarstreet Galleries.

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