Takanori Aiba and miniaturism


Takanori Aiba (1953), scultpture and drawing.

Built a first career as a freelance maze illustrator since 1978. His maze works were serialized in “POPYE”, Japanese fashion magazine for 10 years. Founded his own company,”Graphics and Designing Inc.”, in 1981. Expand a range of his career to a concept maker and art director for architectural spaces. Total production of “Shin Yokohama Chinese Noodle Museum”, “Muse Du Petit Prince De Saint Exupery A Hakone”, “Ninja Akasaka“ were one of his major works.

Since, 2003, he put his mind to create three dimensional art works which combines his knowledge and experience of both maze illustrator and architect. On September, 2010, he had a solo exhibition, “Adventures of the Eyes” at Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo Japan with his works.

Works are created through Aiba’s extraordinary fantastic and sometimes even chimerical imaginations. However, they do not look like pipe dreams. In fact people believe that they are real buildings and spaces because Aiba depicts not only the outline but also all of the elaborate details in each works.
Though the paintings are flat and two-dimensional, Aiba creates images of the side, back, and even the inside of the buildings.
Aiba’s eyes circle around, and sometimes intentionally wander between buildings in the space. His eyes are like those of a bird or like those of wind.
If you explore any small part of Aiba’s works, you can find amazing stories and some unique characters. Those works are not just imaginary compositions; it is indeed possible to construct the amusement parks.
The early bonsai-type models look like bonsai art. However, the density of decoration and the rich stories of Aiba’s works contain extraordinary times and spaces which differ from the bonsai world determined by plants physiology.



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