Aya Takano portrait
Photo by Rakutaro Ogiwara


AYA TAKANO’s artistry has yet to be fully dissected by the art world at large. She is that rarest of creators who forges their own unique artistic context - one that is far ahead of its time. Her work draws its themes from the schematics of unknown worlds, the frayed edges of society, misshapen animal life forms, and the dogma of human desire.

It took thirty years for society to unlock the labyrinthine content of the novels of Phillip K. Dick and other hard-boiled 1960’s science fiction authors, a fact that is reinforced by the way their material has formed the mainstream of Hollywood literary adaptations since the 1990’s. Likewise, the true value of TAKANO’s work lies thirty or more years in the future, when audiences will decipher the vast range of uncharted information which lies beneath its surface.

2000 Graduated from Department of Fine Art, Tama Art University
1976 Born in Saitama
Solo Exhibitions
2022 "thank you world, you now look a little bit like a wonderland" Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Shanghai
2021 "beginning, liminal, ego" Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Hong Kong
2020 "Let’s make the universe a better place" Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Seoul
2019 "UNIO MYSTICA" Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, New York, NY
2017 "Synesthesia" Pavillon Bosio, Monaco
"The Jelly Civilization Chronicle" Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2015 "The Ocean Inside, The Flowers Inside" Johyun Gallery, Busan, South Korea
2014 "May All Things Dissolve in the Ocean of Bliss" Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
2012 "Heaven Is Inside Of You" Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Hong Kong
"To Lose Is To Gain" Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2011 "Stars, flowers and honeynight" Sieboldhuis, Leiden, Netherlands
2010 "The Universe Portal" Kaikai Kiki Gallery Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
"Artiste du New Pop SWR3 2010" Museum Frieder Burda, Baden baden, Germany
2009 "Reintegrating Worlds," Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY
2008 "Toward Eternity" 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
Naoki Takizawa for Issey Miyake, Tokyo, Japan (collaboration)
2002 "Space Ship EE," Nano Galerie, Paris, France
1997 "SHU WA KIMASERI," shop33, Tokyo
Group Exhibitions
2022 "Roppongi Art Night 2022", Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
"Head in the Clouds", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Tokyo
2021 "2021 Kaikai Kiki Autumn Show", Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"HEALING x HEALING", Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Healing", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Shanghai, China
2020 "Healing", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
"Healing", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
2017 "Japanorama. New vision on art since 1970" Centre Pompidou-Metz, Lorraine, France
"MANGASIA: WONDERLANDS OF ASIAN COMICS" Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma, Italy
2015 "Animamix Biennale" Daegu Art Museum, South Korea