Takanori Aiba Artist

October 25, 2015 by Laura Gomez


Takanori Aiba  was born in 1953 in Yokohama, Japan. Built a first career as a freelance maze illustrator since 1978. His maze works were serialized in “POPYE”, Japanese fashion magazine for 10 years. Founded his own company,”Graphics and Designing Inc.”, in 1981. Expand a range of his career to a concept maker and art director for architectural spaces. Total production of “Shin Yokohama Chinese Noodle Museum”, “Muse Du Petit Prince De Saint Exupery A Hakone”, “NINJA AKASAKA“ were one of his major works.Since, 2003, He put his mind to create three dimensional art works which combines his knowledge and experience of both maze illustrator and architect. On September, 2010, He had a solo exhibition, “Adventures of the Eyes” at Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo Japan with his works.
Kazuko Todate, Art Critic, talks about our exhibition,

*Works are created through Aiba’s extraordinary fantastic and sometimes even chimerical imaginations. However, they do not look like pipe dreams. In fact people believe that they are real buildings and spaces because Aiba depicts not only the outline but also all of the elaborate details in each works.
Though the paintings are flat and two-dimensional, Aiba creates images of the side, back, and even the inside of the buildings.
Aiba’s eyes circle around, and sometimes intentionally wander between buildings in the space.
His eyes are like those of a bird or like those of wind.”

*2?If you explore any small part of Aiba’s works, you find amazing stories and some unique characters.
Those works are not just imaginary compositions; it is indeed possible to construct the amusement parks.
Murakami, who makes Aiba’s models, is also a civil engineer. He is a realist sharing dreams with Aiba.
The early bonsai-type models look like bonsai art. Bonsai reflect the Japanese traditional aesthetic sense of
expressing the magnificence of nature in a small potted plant.
However, the density of decoration and the rich stories of Aiba’s works contain extraordinary times and spaces which
differ from the bonsai world determined by plants physiology.

*1*2 “Adventures of the Eyes: AIBA Takanori’s Aesthetics of Space Creation, KAZUKO TODATE, Art Critic”


2011-Hong Kong Design Award’ 11 “Bonsai-B”
2005-Japan Display Design Association Award/ Display Design Award “Doutonbori Shoutengai”
2002-Hong Kong Design Award’02 “NINJA AKASAKA”
1995-New York ADC Award ’95 “Shinyokohama Chinese Noodle Museum”
1992-New York ADC Award International “Unix CI design”


2011-solo exhibition “Adventures of the Eyes”- Kakiden Gallery, Shinjuku, Tokyo
1980-solo exhibition “Maze Metamorphosize”-Sapporo, Kazazawa
1979-solo exhibition “Maze Metamorphosize”- AXIS Gallery, Roppongi,Tokyo


2010-Tokyo Good Idea Development Institute-Nikkei Publishing Inc.
1992-Takanori Aiba’s Maze World -Shin- Hyoron Publication
1992-Maze Metamorphosize <Series of World Masterpieace>, Shin-Hyoron Publication


2010-Musashino Art University, School of industrial, interior, and craft design, Tokyo, Japan 2008-Nihon Kogakuin College, Tokyo, Japan

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E: aibatakanori@gmail.com
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