Kuriyama recently graduated from Pratt Institute
of Art and Design with a BFA in Computer Graphics
and Interactive Media with an emphasis on
Computer Animation. Since it's completion
in May 2004, his senior thesis/animated short
"Awkward" has already been selected
for screening (or won an award) at over 10
film festivals. He is currently working at
the New York Film Academy in the 3D animation
department while continuing to pursue his
interests in animation, graphic design, photography,
digital art, and film.
Tell us about your aesthetic.
A: Everything in life is connected in some
way to everything else. I’m approaching
my instruction of art similarly. By exposing
myself in as many facets of art as possible,
I improve exponentially in every medium
I studied previously…
How do other's describe your work?
A: Unlike many artists, I don’t create
entirely for my own self interests. I develop
my ideas to both represent my own unique
vision, and allow that particular vision
to be accessible to as many people as possible.
Approval of my own work is based on my ability
to effectively stimulate others…
Give us example of obstacles you have overcome
are currently struggling with.
so much outside of these doors to experience.
Millions of books to read. Millions of movies
to watch. Millions of paintings to study.
Millions of places to visit. Millions upon
millions of directions we could take with
our lives. Obviously it’s impossible
to get it all in before we meet our ultimate
demise. So how do we properly prioritize
our time on this rock? I’d like to
spend the rest of my life learning, but
what’s the point of learning if you
don’t put it to good use? At what
point do we press the pause button on experiencing,
and create an experience for someone else?
With everything I want to absorb from this
world, how much time is left for me to leave