Keiichi Tanaami

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Emerald City

Keiichi Tanaami was born in Tokyo in 1936. He lives and works in Tokyo.


Tanaami graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. He has been active in the fields of graphic design, illustration, film, and fine art since the 1960s, never heeding the boundaries of mediums or genres but instead continuing to aggressively traverse them through his unique practice. Tanaami is known for his highly fantastical works that blend his dreams, memories, hallucinations, and childhood experiences with pop culture iconography.


Tanaami’s recent solo exhibitions include LAND OF MIRRORS at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow (2017), and Amulet of the Tapir at NANZUKA, Tokyo (2017). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture at M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong (2017); International Pop, a large-scale pop art retrospective first presented at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and later at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (201516); as well as The World Goes Pop at Tate Modern, London (2015).


©Keiichi Tanaami Photo; Keizo Kioku Courtesy of NANZUKA