Takaaki Mano was born in 1976 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, and began working in 2006 based in his birthplace. After graduating from Kyoto University of Art and Design, she has been exhibiting in Japan and abroad, including “BERLINER LISTE” in Berlin and “ART EXPO NY” in New York, as well as creating essays and photo books, regardless of the medium.
Mano, who mainly works with acrylic paintings that were inspired by the abstract expressions of the 1940s, such as Informel, says, “As a technique, I don’t do anything particularly difficult. I apply paint straight onto the canvas. I want to convey the message that painting is like scribbling on a canvas, something that anyone can do. Growing up in an artistic family where his father was a Japanese-style painter and his mother was a musician, the fact that creating and expressing himself was an ordinary, everyday activity did not give Mano any special awareness of art.
The roots of his work stem from a mystical experience he had at the age of 19, and he takes an abstract expressionist approach to painting on primitive themes such as love, light, hope and nature in his output. Taking a cue from avant-garde painters such as Tadanori Yokoo and Teiji Horio, Mano appears sincere in his approach to the history of painting, but at the same time, he looks ahead to “connecting with others” in his work. In other words, in a sense, Mano’s paintings may be said to have a message centered on the larger perspective of nature and the earth. In this sense, Mano’s paintings are like all the phenomena that occur on this planet.