I create traditional media and digital paintings and illustrations, animations, comics, and videos. I'm originally from Poland, but currently, I work out of my studio in Tokyo, Japan, along with my comic artist wife, Kana. If you are curious about my creative process, have a look at my YouTube channel!

ポーランド出身のフリーランスクリエイター。 絵画、イラスト、アニメーション、コミック、動画など多岐に渡り手がけています。

Mateusz Urbanowicz

I was born (1986) and raised in Silesia, Poland. I studied electronic engineering until I found out that making art can be more than a weird hobby while working with the makers of graphics tablets: WACOM. I finished Computer Graphics at the Polish Japanese Institute of Information Technology, and thanks to a Japanese government scholarship, I moved to Kobe, Japan, to study animation and comics. I graduated with honors from Kobe Design University with a short animated movie called "Right Places."

Since 2013 I have been working as a full-time background artist in the Comix Wave Films animation studio in Tokyo. Taking part in making of TV commercials, animated TV series (for example, "Space Dandy"), and feature-length animated movies (like "Your Name.").

I moved to a freelance artist career to focus on my original projects in 2017 and started working on the "Tokyo Storefronts" watercolor illustration album (published in April 2018). I continue to make my art (illustrations, paintings, animations, comics), online content (YouTube videos, etc.), as well as taking part in bigger projects (short animations) and doing commission work from time to time.

Exhibitions and events:

  • Joint exhibitions: 共同展
    • "Spirit of Japan from Paris" Kadokawa Culture Museum, November 2021
      「浮世絵劇場 from Paris」 角川武蔵野ミュージアム、2021年11月
    • "Carnet de Voyage" Bordeaux, France, January 2022
    • "Fine Art Collection of SHUTOKO Expressway", O Gallery, Japan, December 2022
    • "MD15th Special Event", Showcase (Aoyama Spiral), Japan, Tokyo, January 2023
      MD15th スペシャルイベント&ポップアップストア in 東京
    • "Tokyo Flâneur Vol. 2", Group, open-air exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, January 2024
      東京フラヌール Vol. 2 、2024年01月19日から、東京

  • Solo exhibitions: 個展
    • "BOTTEGHE DI TOKYO" Tenoha Milano, 2022 See photos >>
      「東京店構え」TENOHA ミラノ、2022年

Published articles:

A series of illustrated articles about my relationship with drawing tools was featured in a magazine called 「趣味の文具箱」(Hobby Box of Writing Tools, published quarterly in Japan by エイ出版社)
Featured in volumes: 56 (December 2020), 57 (March 2021), 58 (July 2021), 59 (September 2021).

趣味の文具箱 趣味の文具箱 趣味の文具箱 趣味の文具箱

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ILLUSTRATION 2019 名建築の空想イラスト図鑑 ジブリの教科書9 耳をすませば (文春ジブリ文庫) 美術表現と鑑賞―東京都版  Vol.55

Clients / Cooperation:

  • Animation Studios アニメスタジオ:
    • Comix Wave Films 株式会社コミックス・ウェーブ・フィルム
    • Studio Colorido 株式会社スタジオコロリド
    • Studio Bones 株式会社 ボンズ
  • Publishers 出版社:
    • MdN Corp. 株式会社エムディエヌコーポレーション
    • POPLAR PUBLISHING CO., LTD.株式会社 ポプラ社
    • Kinnohoshi Co,Ltd. 金の星社
    • KODANSHA LTD. 株式会社講談社
    • X-Knowledge co. ltd 株式会社 エクスナレッジ
    • Ei-Publishing Co.,Ltd. 株式会社 エイ出版社
  • Advertising Companies 広告代理店:
    • HAKUHODO Inc. 株式会社 博報堂
    • DENTSU INC. 株式会社 電通
  • Television 放送局:
    • NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) 日本放送協会
    • Nippon Television Network Corporation 日本テレビ放送網株式会社
  • Other その他:
    • Celsys, Inc. 株式会社セルシス
    • Savage Interactive Pty Ltd. 
    • Kuretake Co.,Ltd. 株式会社呉竹
    • Otsuka Pharmaceutical 大塚製薬株式会社
    • Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd 江崎グリコ株式会社
    • Ozeki Corporation 株式会社オオゼキコーポレーション
    • Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. 日本航空株式会社