Aya Takano, Japanese (1976 - )

Aya Takano (タカノ綾 Takano Aya) was born 1976 in Saitama, Japan. She is a Japanese pop artist associated with the Superflat movement.

Influenced by both manga and American Science Fiction, her art typically depicts large-eyed female heroines, often partially or completely nude. Known for mostly her drawings and paintings, she usually works in ink and acrylics. Drawing has also been the base for other works such as 2004's Subterraned, a comic book like series, or in video, such as The World After 800,000,000 Years, in which small adventures usually take place.

She received a B.A. from Tama Art University in Tokyo. She is a member of Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki.

Solo exhibitions

2008 - Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France

2007 - "Wild dogs, hawks, owls, cats, a landfill the size of 44 and a half Tokyo Domes, the stratosphere", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, USA

2006 - "Aya Takano", Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France - "City Dog", Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Parco Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

2005 - Frieze Art Fair, London, United Kingdom - "The Far Reaches of The Universe, My Garden", Blum & Poe Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

2004 - "Aya Takano, a web project for Digital Gallery", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA - Naoki Takizawa for Issey Miyake, 2004-5 Autumn Winter Collection, Paris, Tokyo (collaboration)

2003 - Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France

2002 - Space Ship EE, nanogalerie, Paris, France

2000 - "Hot Banana Fudge", NADiff, Tokyo, Japan

1997 - "SHU WA KIMASERI", shop33, Tokyo, Japan


2007 - "Kawaii! Japan now", Fundation Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain - "The Door to Summer", Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan

2006 - "Spank the Monkey", Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom - Etoile, Xavel, Inc. (Virtual department store design) - "Aya Takano, Chiho Aoshima, Chinatsu Ban Exhibition", Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan

2005 - Aoi Gallery, Osaka, Japan - "Japan Pop", Helsinki Museum of Art, Helsinki, Finland - "The Sensual Line", Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria - "Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture", Japan Society, New York, USA (curated by Takashi Murakami) - MTA Subway Poster Design, Public Art Fund and Japan Society, New York, USA - "What’s Good Conference", Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong (Lecture), China - Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France

2004 - "T-Junction", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France - "Fiction. Love: Ultra New Vision in Contemporary Art", Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan - "Chiho Aoshima, Mr., Aya Takano", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin at LFL Gallery, New York, USA - "Tokyo Girls Bravo", Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA

2003 - "Girls Don’t Cry", Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan - Naoki Takizawa for Issey Miyake, Tokyo (collaboration), Japan - "Hope—The Future is in Our Hands", LaForet Harajuku, Tokyo

2002 - "The Japanese Experience – Inevitable", Das Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria - "Tokyo Girls Bravo 2", NADiff, Tokyo, Japan - "Chiho Aoshima, Aya Takano, Mr., Takashi Murakami", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France

2001 - "Superflat", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA - Hiropon Show, White Cube Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Shinsaibashi Parco, Osaka, Japan - Yokai Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

2000 - "Superflat", Parco Gallery, Tokyo (curated by Takashi Murakami), Japan

1999 - "Tokyo Girls Bravo", NADiff, Tokyo; Parco Gallery, Nagoya, Japan - "Hiropon Show", Parco Gallery, Nagoya, Japan - "Hiropon 32/80", NADiff, Tokyo, Japan

1998 - "Ero Pop Christmas", NADiff, Tokyo, Japan - "Hiropon Show", George’s, Los Angeles, USA

1997 - Hiropon Show, shop33, Tokyo; Iwataya Z-side, Fukuoka, Japan - Hiropon Show, Manken Gallery, Kanazawa, Japan


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