Akiko Stehrenberger began her career in New York doing spot illustrations for publications such as SPIN, The Source, New York Press, Filter, XXL, and more. Upon moving back to Los Angeles in 2004, she became an art director/designer for movie posters while maintaining steady freelance illustration for magazines, character and toy design, cd album artwork, and portraiture.
She is featured in books, Exploring Illustration, How To Grow As An lllustrator, and Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work, written by Michael Fleishman. Her movie poster illustration & design for Funny Games, received a Key Art Award nomination for best horror poster, was featured at the Annual Type Convention, and took both number one spots on The Auteurs Movie Posters of the Decade list, and the Australian Stale Popcorn Top 50 Posters of the Decade. Her illustrated poster, Life During Wartime, garnered press as well, which she later adapted and illustrated the cast for its Criterion Collection DVD. Her illustrated wall mural for the show “Louie : Season 2″ on FX, was animated in a spot promo for television. She was deemed “Poster Girl” by Interview Magazine, is grouped into “Ones to Watch in 2011″ by Creative Review, which also published a 20 page zine of her illustrated movie posters for their January 2011 Monograph series, and her posters are featured in August 2011′s Print magazine. Her participation in Spain’s Avalon Blu-Ray DVD Artists Series, were personally approved and celebrated by directors Michael Haneke and David Lynch.