Pete Oswald a LA based artist, Production Designer, kid lit author & illustrator. For the past four years, he served as production designer for the Angry Birds Movie. Responsible for the characters, lighting and set design, Pete and his team worked diligently to transform the popular mobile game series into an spectacular world for the silver screen. Vice’s The Creator’s Project praised his widespread success, noting, “Pete Oswald’s fingerprints are all over the cutting edge of animated feature films, marked by a bright, colorful, slightly angular style.” Pete is currently at work on the film’s sequel.
As a character designer and concept artist, Pete has helped to uplift many of the most successful animated franchises. Among other projects, Pete has worked on Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball 1 & 2; and Hotel Transylvania; and Oscar® Nominated ParaNorman, for which he earned an Annie Award nomination. Pete also earned two additional Annie Award nominations for shorts that he directed and designed: The Story of Walls and Doubtsourcing.
Pete is the co-creator of Mingo the Flamingo—a picture book about a migrating flamingo who crash-lands in Siberia and doesn’t know who he is—published in 2017 by HarperCollins. Pete is also the illustrator to The Bad Seed, coming later in 2017 from HarperCollins and authored by Jory John.
Passionate about painting, Pete is also active in the fine arts space. He recently debuted a collection of paintings inspired by the California Coast, in the pop-up art gallery show, “Pacific Abstract.” The show, hosted at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station, captures his observations in an impressionistic, yet graphic style. The series celebrates Pete’s affinity for his favorite coastline, inspired by his personal experiences since moving to Los Angeles from his native Utah to attend Loyola Marymount University. Pete previously has shown his work at WWA Gallery in Culver City.
Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons. When not playing with his kids, he spends his free time “researching” – by playing Angry Birds.