Kazuki Takamatsu

Japan 1978

Illustration, Painting

Kazuki Takamatsu
Kazuki Takamatsu
March 9, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Kazuki Takamatsu, born in 1978, in Sendai, Miyagi, is a Japanese artist who mixes traditional and modern techniques in his work. He graduated from Tohoku University of Art and Design in Oil painting in 2001.

Takamatsu has captured the curiosity of his fans with his technique called “depth mapping”, a style of illustration inspired by Japanese girl’s comics. In this method, the individual pixel becomes a shade of grey which is proportional to the distance from which the viewer sees it. This combination provides the artist with the ability to achieve amazing depth and surrealism in his works. Takamatsu’s depth mapping technique is as unique as it is painstakingly intricate, the artist mixes traditional and modern techniques by fusing classic drawing, airbrush and gouache painting with computer graphics.

Takamatsu currently lives and works in Sendai, which was devastated by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami back in 2011. The event can still be felt in Takamatsu’s work which mixes memories of sorrow with a deep sense of hope in a spiral of emotions.

He is represented by Corey Helford Gallery, Gallery Tomura, Tokyo, Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal, and Opera Gallery, Paris.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Even a doll can do itDorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italysolo
2014Spiral of EmotionsCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, U.S.Asolo
2013Kazuki Takamatsu Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, U.S.Asolo
2013Because I’m A DollDorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italysolo
2012Kazuki Takamatsu Gallery Tomurasolo
2012Art Asia MiamiGallery Tomurasolo
2010Kazuki Takamatsu Rias Ark Museum of Art, Kesennuma, Miyagisolo
2010Kazuki Takamatsu Gallery M, Nishinsolo
2010Sapporomiraiten, SapporoSapporo Tokeidai Gallery, Hokkaidogroup
2009Art Fair TokyoGallery Tomura, Tokyo International Forumsolo
2009Kazuki Takamatsu Gallery Tomura, Tokyosolo
2009Daegu Art FairmGallery Tomura, Daegu, Koreagroup
2008Kazuki Takamatsu Cafe dining bar and art PICNICA, Sendai, Miyagisolo
2008Kazuki Takamatsu Gallery Ginza Forest, Tokyo ('09)solo
2008Group Kyu-tenTokyo Ginza Gallery, Tokyo group
2008Kyobashi Art FestaGallery Tomura, Tokyogroup
2008Toki-eCafe dining bar and art PICNICA, Sendai, Miyagigroup
2007Elephant (Original & Select Shop)Yamagatasolo
2007Contemporary Art Fair NebulaSendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Miyagigroup
20061st exhibition of department of oil painting of Tohoku University of Art & DesignGinza Towa Gallerygroup
2005Kazuki Takamatsu GALLERY b. TOKYO, Tokyosolo
2003Kazuki Takamatsu Gallery of The Sendai Bank, Sendai, Miyagisolo
2003Miyagi Dokuritsuten, Sendai MediathequeSendai, Miyagigroup
2002Kazuki Takamatsu Satindoll, (Jazz Live House & Bar), Sendai, Miyagisolo
2002Dokuritsu-tenTokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, The National Art Center, Tokyo group
2000UnknownThe gallery of Tohoku University of Art & Designgroup