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Born in Sabae City of Fukui Prefecture.
Graduated from the Art Department of Bunka Gakuin.
Received the Fourth Bungei Shunju Cartoon Award, and a Special Prize at Nika Exhibition.
Formed "Animation Group of Three" together with Hiroshi Manabe and Ryohei Yanagihara, and held the first Sogetsu Animation Screenings in Tokyo.
Animation short "Human Zoo" won the Special Jury Prize at the Annecy International Animation Festival.
Animation short "Human Zoo" won the Lion of San Marco Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Animation short "LOVE" won the Lion of San Marco Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Animation short "LOVE" won the Grand Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany and the Golden Dragon at the Krakow Film Festival, Poland.
Animation short "The Button" won the Special Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland.
Went on making new animation shorts "Mini Mini Animation" every week for the TV program "11 PM" presented by Nippon Television Network Corporation for 18 years.
Jury at the Annecy International Animation Festival, France.
Animation short "FLOWER" won the Second Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival, Canada.
Animation short "AOS" won the Grand Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany.
Animation short "The Room" won the Lion of San Marco Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Animation short "What Do You Think?" won the Special Jury Prize at Tours Film Festival, France.
Animation short "Au Fou!" won the Grand Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, and also won the Grand Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Received a Special Prize at Barcelona International Film Festival, Spain.
Animation short "The Midnight Parasites" won the Silver Award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany.
"Animation films by Yoji Kuri" won the Southern Cross Award at the Adelaide Film Festival, Australia.
Animation short "POP" won the Second Prize at Zagreb Film Festival, former Yugoslavia
Animation short "MANGA" won the Bronze Dragon at Krakow Film Festival.
Received the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon.
Exhibition "Yoji Kuri･Space Collage Exhibition" at Musee d' Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon.
Awarded the ASIFA Prize for years of contribution to the art of animation.
Held many one-man exhibitions of his paintings at various art galleries and museums.
Exhibition "Human Beings of Eros and Humor" at Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art.
Exhibition "The World of Yoji Kuri" in Sabae city, Fukui, Japan.
Retrospective of Yoji Kuri and One-man Exhibition at Stuttgart, Germany.
Received the 2nd Award of Merit at Tokyo International Anime Fair 2006.
Received The Order of the Rising Sun.
Received Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zagreb International Animation Festival.
“Crazy Manga” won Grand Prize of Japan Cartoonists Association Award.
Received Fukui Shimbun Bunka Sho (Fukui Newspaper Prize for Culture).