Issay Kitagawa was born in Kasai-shi, Japan, in 1965. He graduated from the department of visual communication and design at Tsukuba University in 1987. Two years later he entered GRAPH, a design and printing company, where he's presently the executive director and president.
In 1996 he received the New Designer Award from the Japan Graphic Designers Association and is currently the youngest Japanese national to be a member of AGI, and a judge for the New York Art Directors Club and for D&AD.
He created artwork for The Doraemon Exhibition, along with 35 other leading Japanese artists. Initially shown at Suntory Museum, Osaka, in 2002, the exhibition toured around Japan for the next five years. 470 000 visitors came to the museum during the first 72 days.
He's been published extensively, particularly in Subtraction (Watson-Guptill) by Alexander Gelman. He has also lectured at the London College of Communications and had his work displayed in galleries both at home and abroad.