Yoshitaka Amano  (Japanese, 1952) 

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Yoshitaka Amano (Japanese, b.1952) is an illustrator and animator best known for his work on comic books and video games. Born in Shizuoka, Japan, he developed an interest in art at an early age. After taking a job at Tatsunoko Productions in 1967, he discovered the world of anime. He worked on a number of different anime shows and movies for the company, including Speed Racer, Gatchaman, and Honeybee Hutch. Amano often drew inspiration from Western art, including the Art Nouveau and Pop Art movements. In the 1980s, he began working on comic books and graphic novels, starting with Demon City Shinjuku and Vampire Hunter D. After taking a job with Square, he began to work on video games. He created some of the characters in the original Final Fantasy video games and worked on other video games until 1994, when he decided to work on other facets of video game creation.

During his time as an animator and illustrator, Amano developed interests in art and theater. He began creating full-scale backdrops and displays for live shows. The Yurakucho Mullion in Tokyo, Japan, hosted his first show in 1989, and he had his second show at the Biennale d'Orléans in Orleans, France. Various other museums offered exhibits of his work, including the Barbican Art Centre in London, England, the Superfrog Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai in Shanghai, China.

By the 2000s, Amano discovered the world of freelance work, which gave him the chance to work with top artists such as Neil Gaiman (British, b.1960). The two worked together on Sandman: The Dream Hunters, which received a Hugo Award nomination. He also worked with Greg Rucka (American, b.1969) on Elektra and Wolverine: The Redeemer. When not working on graphic novels and comic books, Amano collaborated with the band Galneryus; the artist created several album covers for the group. In 2010, he opened his own production company, which works on movies and other projects. Amano currently lives and works in Paris, France, Tokyo, Japan, and New York, NY.

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Yoshitaka Amano, DL-III

 

Yoshitaka Amano
DL-III
2007

Galerie Michael Janssen
Yoshitaka Amano, DL-II

 

Yoshitaka Amano
DL-II
2007

Galerie Michael Janssen
Yoshitaka Amano, Sue

 

Yoshitaka Amano
Sue
2007

Galerie Michael Janssen
Yoshitaka Amano, Ohne Titel / Untitled

 

Yoshitaka Amano
Ohne Titel / Untitled
2006

Galerie Michael Janssen
Yoshitaka Amano, Do it!

 

Yoshitaka Amano
Do it!
2004

Galerie Michael Janssen
Yoshitaka Amano, Momo

 

Yoshitaka Amano
Momo
2007

Galerie Michael Janssen
Yoshitaka Amano, Candy Girls S-39

 

Yoshitaka Amano
Candy Girls S-39
2011

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Yoshitaka Amano, Untitled (YA/0093)

 

Yoshitaka Amano
Untitled (YA/0093)
2007

Gallery Yeh
Yoshitaka Amano, Beaming Through

 

Yoshitaka Amano
Beaming Through
2008

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Yoshitaka Amano, Untitled

 

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Untitled, 2003
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Untitled, 2003
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1952   Born: Shizuoko City, Japan
1983   Seiun Award
2000   The Sandman: The Dreamhunters. Eisner Award / Nomination for the Hugo Award.
Dragon Con Award
Julie Award
  Currently lives Tokyo, New York and Paris
2013   55th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Bembo, Italy
2012   Yoshitaka Amano - Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, China (solo)
Yoshitaka Amano - Deva Loka Redux. Art Statements, Tokyo, Minato-ku Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2011   Anime! High Art - Pop Culture. Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (group)
2011   For Japan, Superfrog gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
2010   Yoshitaka Amano 2010, Nosbaum &Reding Art Contemparain, Luxemburg (solo)
2010   Kyoto-Tokyo, from samouraïs to mangas. Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (group)
2009   Deva Loka USA. SUPERFROG Gallery, San Francisco CA, USA (solo)
2008   Manga. Japanese Pictures. Manga! Japanese Pictures. Academy of Motion Picture Arts, and Sciences, Los Angeles CA, USA (group)
2008   Manga. Japanese Pictures. Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Humlebæk, Denmark (group)
2008   Anime! High Art-Pop culture. Deutsches Film Museum, Frankfurt, Germany (group / cat.)
2008   Deva-Loka, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin (solo)
2008   Deva Loka Rouge & Bleu, Art Statements, Hong Kong (solo)
2007   3L4D – 3rd Life 4th Dimension. Metaphysical Art Gallery, Taipei City (group)
2007   Comix. Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark (group)
2007   Yoshitaka Amano, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg (solo)
Comix, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark
2006   Yoshitaka Amano, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)
Fiction@Love, The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai
2006   Fiction@Love. The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai (group)
2005   Yoshitaka Amano, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg (solo)
2004   Rodolphe Janssen feat. Michael Janssen. Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brüssel (group)
2004   Dessins et des Autres. Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (group)
2004   Dessins et des Autres. Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (group)
2004   Yoshitaka Amano – André van de Wijdeven. Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, USA (group)
2004   Dessins et des Autres – Part II. (curated by Anne de Villepoix and Catherine Bastide), Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brüssel (group)
2004   Funny Cuts. Cartoons und Comics in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (group)
2004   10 Years!. Galerie Michael Janssen, Köln, Germany (group)
2004   Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva (solo)
Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn (solo)
Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne (solo)
Recent Works, Galerie Patrick De Brock, Knokke (solo)
Funny Cuts (Amano, Petitbon, Essenhigh, Roy Lichtenstein), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Rodolphe Janssen feat Michael Janssen, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Dessins et des Autres, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Yoshitaka Amano - André van de Wijdeven, Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem
Dessins et des Autres - Part II, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels
10 Years!, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne
2003   Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne (solo)
2002   Leo Koenig, Inc. NYC (solo)
Fiac, Leo Koenig, Michael Janssen, Paris (solo)
The Happy Lion (Leo Koenig, Inc. & Galerie Michael Janssen), Los Angeles (solo)
Barbican Galleries, Barbican Art Centre, London
2002   Barbican Galleries, Barbican Art Centre, London (group)
1999   Hero, Angel Orensanz Foundation, NYC (solo)
1998   Think Like Amano, Uenonomori Museum of Art, Tokyo (solo)
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Brussels (solo)
1995   Orléan Art Museum, Orléan (solo)
1989   Hiten, Yurakucho Mullion, Tokyo (solo)