Jeffrey Fulvimari was born into a Japanese family living in Akron, Ohio, USA, in the mid 1960's. He studied art at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He then moved on to Cooper Union, New York, in 1985, where he studied photography, video and conceptual art.
In 1993 Jeffrey began his career as an illustrator when he was given commissions by Interview and Barneys, New York. Since then his work has been seen in multiple places. He spends half the year in Japan and half the year in America.
His work has appeared in numerous magazines such as Allure, C22, Figaro, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Interview, Mademoiselle, the New York Times, Elle, Vogue, Seventeen, Travel and Leisure and Visionaire.
Jeffrey's corporate clients include Asia Beat, Helmut Lang, Mikakuto, MTV, Neiman Marcus, Sony Music, Gap, Asia Beat, Woolworths, Sunsar, Lepias, Hush Puppies, Parco, Afterthoughts and the Museum of Modern Art. He designed a line of mannequins for Italian designer house Pucci in 1996.
One particular fashion designer for whom he has done a lot of work is Anna Sui. He has also made lots of Anna Sui dolls.
Fulvimari's music illustrations include a 1994 Grammy Award for a boxed set of Ella Fitzgerald's songs, along with colleague Chris Thompson.
He has published his own book "It's OK and Everything is Gonna be Alright" plus he has illustrated books "Believe" by Hiragi Nonaka, and "Secrets of a Fashion Therapist" by Betty Halbreich.
Products released under the Jeffrey Fulvimari brand in 2001 include leather wallets, purse, cups and saucers, plates, wall and desktop clocks, scarves, bags, towels, bathrobes, innerwear, greeting cards, posters and calendars. His recent product line is named "Bobbypin".
Louis Vuitton has commissioned Jeffrey to design two scarves, one for their accessories and one for their jewellery line. These are selling like hot cakes.
Last year, he collaborated with Madonna when she issued her first children's book "English Roses". Here on the right, is Jeffrey's sketch of Madonna as he sees her.
Jeffrey has had major exhibitions in Japan during the last 2-3 years, and always has a long autograph session on these occasions. He has so many fans.