Ryuichi Ogino was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Upon graduating high school, Ogino moved to Denver to study English and to snowboard. While in Denver, Ogino studied Graphic Design and Painting at Community College of Denver. He then moved to the bay area to attend California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) and majored in Illustration. He graduated in 2004 only to realize that his passion is not in illustrating. Ogino moved back to Tokyo in 2005 and started a series of exhibitions titled “Idealistically Hypocritical” in which he examines his concept; Out of Context Mash-Up.