Tanabe Yota was born in Sakai City in 1944 as the secondson of well-known bamboo artist Tanabe Chikuunsai II. He began learning to work with bamboo at a young age. Yota attended Musashino Art University, where he studied oil painting. After graduating from the university, he returned to bamboo as an artmaking material and continued histraining under his father Chikuunsai II.
Tanabe Yota first exhibited work in the family’s annual shows at the OsakaTakashimaya. He went on to have piecesincluded in exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, and IndonesianNational Gallery, Jakarta. He also participated in Nitten (Japan Fine ArtsExhibition) and other local and national art competitions.
Tanabe Yota is known for his use of black bamboo and rough plaiting style. Early in his career, Yota worked with traditional vessel forms, but his expression grew to include expansive topographical and figurative sculpture. Tanabe Yota died in 2008, but his visionary work continues to inspire younger artists.