Film director, video artist and film theoretician, Toshiio Matsumoto (March 25, 1932 - April 12, 2017) was a pioneer of avant-garde experimental movies, multimedia, and video in 1960s experimental Japanese cinema. His first experimental short was Song of the Stones. His most famous work is 1969's Funeral Parade of Roses, loosely inspired by Oedipus Rex. Matsumoto published many books of photography and was a professor and dean of Arts at Kyoto University of Art and Design. He was also president of the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences. IN the early 1980s he taught at the Kyushu Institute of Art and Design - Kyushu Geijutsu Koka Daigaku.