Fireworks Flashed in the Darkness
Born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan in 1976. Takano graduated from the Department of Art Studies of the Tama Art University in 2000. She is a member of the Kaikai Kiki art collective led by Takashi Murakami. She is also active as a science fiction writer and manga artist, consistently depicting unrealistic floating scenes in her paintings. The artist professes the influence of Japanese ukiyo-e, Art Deco paintings, and manga artists such as Osamu Tezuka. She vividly and delicately expresses the eroticism of languid boys and girls, freed from gravity like being in outer space in everyday scenes that are sometimes even too familiar. When the world she imagined freely during childhood, the unknown universe she saw in stories, the moment when the fantasy everyone keeps deep inside their souls and the artwork of Takano starts to interact, there is a complex feeling that attacks mixing the sense of unreality and familiarity but different from nostalgia. This might be called the allegory of an unknown feeling. Takano was discovered at an early stage by Takashi Murakami and featured in numerous exhibitions as a member since the time of Hiropon Factory, the predecessor of Kaikai Kiki. She gained international recognition at the “Superflat” exhibition, which caused a shockwave around the world. In 2003-2004, she collaborated with Issei Miyake, and in 2007, she held a solo exhibition “Tradition and Modernity” at the Miró Museum in Barcelona, Spain in 2007. In the summer of 2022, she collaborated with MIKIO SAKABE in the summer of 2022, and has exhibited at many other museums in Japan and abroad.