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Aya Takano


One of Kaikai Kiki’s most popular artists, Aya Takano maintains a remarkable sales rate of 90%.  Her fantastical work have at its core Japanese manga, science fiction novels, a hint of eroticism, and modified Japonisme.  Her drawings and paintings, in which her lively characters freely float, are filled with pure passion and an energy toward creation.
A catalogue of her works, Hot Banana Fudge, and her cartoon book, Space Ship EE, are available through Kaikai Kiki.

Exhibition History

2000 Graduated from Department of Fine Art, Tama Art University
1976 Born in Saitama
Solo Exhibitions
2009 "Reintegrating Worlds," Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Solo Exhibition, 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, FL
2006 Aya Takano, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
"City Dog," Parco Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Parco Gallery, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
2005 Frieze Art Fair, London
"The Far Reaches of The Universe, My Garden," Blum & Poe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2004 Aya Takano, a web project for Digital Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Naoki Takizawa for Issey Miyake, 2004-5 Autumn Winter Collection, Paris, Tokyo (collaboration)
2003 Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2002 "Space Ship EE," Nano Galerie, Paris, France
2000 "Hot Banana Fudge," NADiff, Tokyo, Japan
1997 "SHU WA KIMASERI," shop33, Tokyo, Japan
Group Exhibitions
2010 "Garden of Painting Japanese Art of the 00s," The National Museum of Art, Osaka
2009 "VRAOUM!", La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
2008 "Quando vidas se tornam forma - Panorama da arte contemporanea brasileira e japonesa," Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil
"Kaikai Kiki Artists," Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 "The Door into Summer: The Age of Micropop," Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
2006 Etoile, Xavel, Inc. (Virtual department store design)
Aya Takano, Chiho Aoshima, Chinatsu Ban Exhibition, Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan
"Spank the Monkey," Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
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, NY (curated by Takashi Murakami)
MTA Subway Poster Design, Public Art Fund and Japan Society, New York, NY
"What’s Good Conference," Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong (Lecture)
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, NY
"Tokyo Girls Bravo," Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2003 "Girls Don’t Cry," Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Naoki Takizawa for Issey Miyake, Tokyo, Japan
"Hope—The Future is in Our Hands," LaForet Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
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, WA
"Hiropon Show," White Cube Gallery, London, UK; Shinsaibashi Parco, Osaka, Japan
"Yokai Festival," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2000 "Superflat," curated by Takashi Murakami, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, 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, CA
1997 "Hiropon Show", shop33, Tokyo; Iwataya Z-side, Fukuoka, Japan
"Hiropon Show", Manken Gallery, Kanazawa, Japan