Takato Yamamoto

Takato Yamamoto

Little is known about Takato Yamamoto. He was born in Akita Prefecture, Japan, in 1960, went to college at Tokyo Zokei University and has worked, generally, as a commercial illustrator throughout his life. In the early 90’s he began experimenting with Ukiyo-e Pop, the traditional images of the floating world married with a contemporary sensibility. The result is erotic, horrific, ethereal, surreal, disturbing, and beautiful.

Sexuality is not defined by a single perspective in Takato Yamamoto’s illustrations, men and women are equally subject and object, equally beautiful and terrifying. There is a constant sense of grace and elegance even when the images are horrifying. I tend to find Yamamoto at his most disturbing, however, when there is no obvious gore. The expectation of terror is never out of frame and ecstasy is ever-present.

Takato Yamamoto has published a series of books including Coffin of a Chimera, Divertimento for a Martyr, Allure Of Pharmakon, Rib of a Hermaphrodite, Scarlet Maniera, Altar of Narcissus, Necrophantasmagoria Vanitas, and Genshoku Nozokimado.

See more at Takato Yamamoto’s official site.

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All artwork © Takato Yamamoto.

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