Tanabe Chikuunsai IV Bio/CV

B. 1973

Tanabe was born to one of Japan's most prestigious bamboo pedigrees. Like his father,Tanabe Chikuunsai III, he attended art school and earned a degree in sculpture. He is the chosen son, slated to become Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, representing the fourth generation of bamboo artists in his family.

From a young age he gravitated towards bamboo, making his first piece when hewas only 7 or 8. He continues to work alongside his esteemed father in the elder's Osaka studio, taking brief breaks in Beppu to improve his proficiency.

His signature is organic sculptural forms made with tiger bamboo and other natural materials. Although only 31, he has received many accolades, including the Mayor's Award at the Sakai City Art Exhibition in 2001 and the Osaka Craft Exhibition Choice Award at the All Kansai Art Exhibition in 2004. He is alsoactive outside Japan, exhibiting and demonstrating in Australia, New Zealand,Switzerland, and Korea. His work is housed at the Seattle Art Museum andPhiladelphia Museum of Art. Recently Lloyd Cotsen, the former CEO of the Neutrogena Corporation and a visionary collector of Japanese bamboo, donated one of Tanabe's baskets to the Long Beach Museum of Art.


T a n a b e Ta k e o / S h o c h i k u III | C V

b. 1973, Osaka, Japan


E d u c a t i o n

1991,Graduated from the art department of Osaka Craft High School

1999,Graduated from Tokyo Art University, majored in sculpture


E x i h i b i t i o n s + A c c o l a d e s

1999,Rookie Award / Newcomer Exhibition in Sakai City

2000,Labor Ministry Award / All Japan Technical Exhibition

2000,Oita Governor Award / Bamboo Craft Exhibition

2000,Family Exhibition / Cortland Jessup Gallery, Boston, USA

2001,Sakai Mayor Award / Sakai Art Exhibition

2001,Philadelphia Craft Show / Philadelphia, USA

2001,Osaka Craft Exhibition / Osaka Harbor ATC Gallery, Japan

2002,Yomiuri Television Award / All Kansai Art Exhibition

2002,Y-G Art Exhibition / Irohani Gallery, Japan

2002,Bridge Exhibition / Florence Lynch Gallery, NY, USA

2002,Solo Exhibition / Cortland Jessup Gallery, NY, USA

2002,Bamboo Works Exhibition / Osaka Modern Art Center, Japan

2003,Solo Exhibition / Wacol Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2003,BRIDGE Exhibition / Sakai City Hall,Wellington Art Hall, New Zealand

2003,SPOERRI Exhibition / VolkerkundeMuseum, University of Zurich, Switzerland

2003,Japan-Holland Cultural Exhibition / Laikus National Museum, Leiden University,Holland

2004,SOFA Chicago

2004,Exhibit and Workshop at the Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia

2005,The San Francisco Int’l. Art Exhibit

2005,Palm Beach! Florida

2005,The International Art & Design Fair, New York

2005,SOFA Chicago

2006,Palm Beach! Florida

2006,The Asian Art Fair, New York

2006,Art Miami

2006,Demonstration at Seattle Art Museum

2006,Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art,Grinnell College, Iowa

2006,Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art,Chicago Cultural Center

2006,The Tanabe Family: Four Generations of Bamboo Artists, Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute, Hanford, CA - Demonstration by Tanabe Shochiku III

2006,The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2007,The Next Generation, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

2007,The International Asian Art Fair, New York

2008,The Arts of Pacific Asia Show, San Francisco

2008,SOFA New York

2008,Palm Beach!

2008,The Tanabe Lineage: Four Generations show at TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2008,New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters,The Japan Society, New York

2009,Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Japan

2009,SOFA New York

2009,SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2009,Art Miami, Florida

2010,Received the Bavarian States Prize and exhibited at the International Trade Fair 2010 in the special exhibition, Modern Masters, at Handwerkskammer for Munich und Oberbayern, Munich, Germany

2010,SOFA New York

2010,Art Chicago

2010,Dallas Art Fair

2010,SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2010,Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2010,SOFA Chicago

2010,Art Miami

2011,Dallas Art Fair

2011,SOFA New York

2011,Art Chicago

2011,Art Antiques London

2011,Houston Art Fair

2011,Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2011,SOFA Chicago

2012,SOFA New York

2012,Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2014,ZEN: Tanabe Shochiku & WakamiyaTakashi, TAI Modern, Santa Fe

2014,Demo, Ruth Funk Textile Center, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

2014,Workshop, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL

2017, Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Modern at Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, NY

M u s e u m C o l l e c t i o n s


San Francisco Asian Art Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Seattle Museum of Art

The British Museum, London