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Keiichi Tanaami

Japanese, b. 1936

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Keiichi Tanaami

Japanese, b. 1936

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Keiichi Tanaami is a seminal figure in Japanese Pop art. “Most of my expressions are based on my actual experiences,” he has said. “The countless amount of stimulative experiences, happenings and encounters…they become the keywords of my expressions.” Best known for his cartoonish and colorful paintings that blend dream figures and references to childhood experiences with pop culture iconography, Tanaami has also worked in video, animation, as well as graphic design and commercial illustration, drawing profound influence from the work of Andy Warhol.

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Biography

Keiichi Tanaami is a seminal figure in Japanese Pop art. “Most of my expressions are based on my actual experiences,” he has said. “The countless amount of stimulative experiences, happenings and encounters…they become the keywords of my expressions.” Best known for his cartoonish and colorful paintings that blend dream figures and references to childhood experiences with pop culture iconography, Tanaami has also worked in video, animation, as well as graphic design and commercial illustration, drawing profound influence from the work of Andy Warhol.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Jewish Museum
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Articles Featuring Keiichi Tanaami
7 Contemporary Japanese Artists Who Emerged from Tokyo’s Underground Art Scene
Sep 20th, 2019
7 Contemporary Japanese Artists Who Emerged from Tokyo’s Underground Art Scene
The Top 10 Japanese Artists on Artsy
Sep 23rd, 2013
The Top 10 Japanese Artists on Artsy
Japanese Pop Art legend Keiichi Tanaami on War, ’60s-era NYC, and Acid Rock
May 21st, 2013
Japanese Pop Art legend Keiichi Tanaami on War, ’60s-era NYC, and Acid Rock
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