Born in Tokyo in 1929. Self-taught in painting and design. In 1955, received the Japan Advertising Artists Club Award at the Japan Advertising Art Exhibition; in 1958, Grand Prix at the World Film Poster Competition in France.
In 1959, established the Awazu Design Institute (now, Awazu Design Room).
While consistently remaining among the top ranks of Japanese graphic designers, throughout his career he has engaged in a remarkably broad range of activities-including urban design, exhibition design and film production-in collaboration with artists from fields spanning from architecture and music to literature and cinema. In 1997-98, a grand retrospective of his works was held in Poland, at four national art museums in four cities. In more recent years, he has focused on visual communication, the very genesis of all design artistry; through studies in areas such as pictographs and rock art, he has launched works employing diverse production methods. He is also a prolific writer, including Dezain no hakken (Design Discoveries), Dezain ni nani ga dekiru ka (The Possibilities of Design), and the most recent Rock Art (Filmart-Sha Co., Ltd.).
His works are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the Museum of Modern Art, Toyama. Major awards received to date include a Japan Academy Award for art direction of the film "Shinju Tenno-Amijima (Double Suicide at Tenno-Amijima)" in 1969, a Silver Medal and Special Mention at the 1970 Warsaw International Poster Biennale, and a Medal with Purple Ribbon, awarded by the Japanese government to persons of outstanding artistic merit, in 1990.