Yoshitaka Amano

lives and works in Tokyo and New York

Biography

1952
born in Shizuoko City, Japan

2000
The Sandman: The Dreamhunters. Eisner Award/ Nomination for the Hugo Award
Dragon Con Award
Julie Award

1983

Seiun Award
lives and works in Tokyo and New York

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009
Deva Loka USA. SUPERFROG Gallery, San Francisco CA

2008
Deva Loka. Rouge Bleu. Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong
Deva-loka. Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin

2007
Yoshitaka Amano.
Galerie Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxemburg

2006
Yoshitaka Amano.
Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong

2005
Yoshitaka Amano.
Galerie Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxemburg

2004
Recent Works.
Galerie Patrick De Brock, Knooke
Yoshitaka Amano. M. Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn
Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne
Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva

2003
Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne

2002
Leo Koenig, Inc., New York
Solopresentation at the Fiac, Paris
The Happy Lion (Leo Koenig, Inc. & Galerie Michael Janssen), Los Angeles

1999
Hero. Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York

1998
Think Like Amano. Uenonomori Museum of Art, Tokyo
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Brussels

1997
Think like Amano. New York

1995
Orléan Art Museum, Orléan

1989
Hiten. Yurakucho Mullion, Tokyo

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008
Manga! Japanese Pictures.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles
Manga! Japanese Pictures. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art , Humlebæk, Denmark
Anime! High Art-Pop culture. Deutsches Film Museum, Frankfurt

2007
3L4D - 3rd Life 4th Dimension. Metaphysical Art Gallery, Taipei City
Anime! High Art-Pop culture. Deutsches Film Museum, Frankfurt
Comix. Kunsthalle Brandst, Odense-Denmark

2006
Fiction@Love. The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai

2004
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. (curated by Anne de Villepoix and Catherine Bastide) Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels
Funny Cuts. Cartoons und Comics in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
10 Years!. Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne

2002
Barbican Galleries, Barbican Art Centre, London

ANIMATIONS ANS COMIC BOOKS

2001
The Sandman: Os Cacadores. De Sonhos, Conrad Livro
Hero. Multi-Genre Presentation
Electra and Wolverine: The Redeemer. Marvel Comics (by Greg Rucka)

2000
The Sandman: Yumo no Katynudo. Interbooks
The Sandman: The Dreamhunters. NORMA Editorial

1999
The Sandman: The Dreamhunters. DC Comics

1998
1001 Nights. Philharmonic Production of 3D/2D animated short film, debuted at the Los Angeles Philharmonic April Concert

1987
Final Fantasy. Computergame Software

1982
Twilight Worlds. Science-Fiction Magazine, Hayakawa Publishing Corporation

THEATER, SET AND COSTUME DESIGN

1996
Yokihi, Kabuki Theatre, Tokyo

1994
Kaijin Besso. Tokyo

1988
Nayotake (by Tamasaburo Bando)

Press Release

The Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin is pleased to present the solo exhibition by Yoshitaka Amano. 30 new works, as well as new anime films will be on view until the end of February at the Berlin gallery space. With its 7 meters the largest painting, Deva-Loka, depicts a fabled world completely filled with psychedelic figures, On the many smaller aluminium panels fantastic characters are singled out, as if sprung from it. Juxtaposing these intricately and detailed works are a number of midsized paintings with serene superheroes, grim warriors and elfish heroines.

Amano, born in Shizuoka City, Japan, in 1952, who rose to fame via the creation of anime, manga and video game characters, began his career in Japan’s major cartoon studios in the mid 1970s. Since the 1980s he devoted himself to independent projects as a freelance artist. Yoshitaka Amano lives and works in Tokyo and New York.  

In addition to his work as the influential graphic developer and designer for the Gatchaman series
(G-Force), the Final Fantasy Cycles and many other heroic epics for the animated cartoon and the then nascent video game industry, Amano's creations have also been displayed in solo and group exhibitions at diverse locations - Barbican Art Centre, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai and the Kunstverein Heilbronn (Heilbronn Arts Association).  

The German Film Museum in Frankfurt will subsequently be including his works in its exhibition Anime! High Art – Pop Culture. After this, the exhibition, which will be accompanied by a detailed catalogue, proceeds to the Louisiana Museum in Denmark. A selection of Amano’s films will also be on show during the special exhibition Global Eurasia, held in the Japan Foundation in Cologne in the spring of 2008.


Press:
Yoshitaka Amano, artforum.com, 02/2008

Press

Artforum (PDF, 0.8 MB), January 2008

External Exhibitions

Manga! Japanese Pictures - Group show - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles
May 14, August 23, 2009

Publications
Yoshitaka Amano - Ga-netchû! Das Manga Anime Syndrom Yoshitaka Amano
Ga-netchû! Das Manga Anime Syndrom
Published by Henschel Verlag, Berlin 2008
ISBN 978-3-89487-607-4
Price: € 24,90
Yoshitaka Amano - Artist’s book published in co-operation with the Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin
Yoshitaka Amano
M
Artist’s book published in co-operation with the Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin
Published by Snoeck, Köln
ISBN 978-3-936859-16-4
Price: € 24,80