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.
All artwork © Takato Yamamoto.