Akiko Stehrenberger on his famous illustrated film posters, from Funny Games to Dune

Akiko Stehrenberger is a 15-time Clio Entertainment Award-winning movie poster illustrator and designer who works with film directors and studios, as well as with film and advertising agencies, respectively.

Stehrenberger was called “Poster Girl” by Interview magazine ten years ago, and the title has only gained in relevance since. Vanity Fair has included their posters for Funny games and Kiss the damned in his list of the best movie posters of all time. His poster for Da 5 Bloods is on display at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, and his book is available in the museum’s gift shop.

Stehrenberger studied illustration and design at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Don’t miss Stehrenberger’s new solo exhibition “Made of All This” at the Show Gallery in Los Angeles.

We spoke with Akiko for our Backstory series, where we chat with people in the entertainment industry about their creative inspirations and more.

Akiko, tell us …

Where you grew up and where you live now.

I have moved all my life to different parts of California, but Los Angeles is where I have lived the longest and I continue to live.

Your first job in the industry.

I started as a junior designer for Crew Creative Advertising Agency, with no experience other than a freelance editorial illustrator.

A decisive moment in your career.

My Funny Games poster changed the course of my career forever. It was also the first time that I made a digital illustration!

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