God bless YouTube. I was doing a periodic sweep of familiar search terms, and came across this video from August 21, 1998 (which was posted online a few months ago).
Here is a profile of Suehiro Maruo from a Beat Takeshi variety show (Takeshi no daredemo PIKAN), which features great footage of his work and studio, a shot of him as a sorta-goth teenager, commentary by a horror author that Maruo did book covers for AND... an in-person interview talking about his paintings! Fucking fantastic stuff here:
Same Hat's cerebral godfather, at work in his studio.
Goth Suehiro Maruo was born in 1956 in Nagasaki Prefecture.
Hot lady paintings.
Mr. Maruo in studio being introduced.
Beat Takeshi looks mortified.