Born in Tokyo. Graduated from The School of Visual Arts in New York. At Lucas Learning and Blue Sky Studios he was in charge of concept art on “Ice Age,” “Robots,” etc. He joined Pixar Animation in 2007, where as art director he worked on “Toy Story 3” and “Monsters University.” In July 2014 he left Pixar and founded Tonko House. He is the brain behind “Sketchtravel,” a project in which 71 artists around the world create drawings in the same sketchbook.