Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the son of a commercial fisherman, he was interned with other Japanese-Canadians in the British Columbia interior during World War II. The subjects of Takao Tanabe's paintings are almost exclusively landscapes of British Columbia.
- Winnipeg School of Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba. 1946–1949. Teachers included Joseph Plaskett.
- Brooklyn Museum School of Art, New York City, New York, 1951–1952. Teachers included Hans Hofmann.
- Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, UK, 1953–1954. Attended on an Emily Carr Scholarship. Traveled Europe widely during this period.
- Sumi-e and calligraphy in Tokyo, Japan, 1959–1960. Attended on a Canada Council Scholarship.
- Member of the Order of Canada
- Order of British Columbia
- two honorary doctorates
- Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts
- Member, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
- Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts (2013)
- Order of Canada citation
- "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- "Takao Tanabe, Gathie Falk win $30K Audain Prize for art". CBC News. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
- Takao Tanabe exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, January 21, 2006 – April 17, 2006
- Takao Tanabe at the Mira Godard Gallery
- Takao Tanabe information at gc.ca
- Bilingual website for the touring exhibition "Takao Tanabe: Chronicles of Form and Place", organized and circulated by the Burnaby Art Gallery and the McMaster Museum of Art
- Records of Takao Tanabe and Periwinkle Press are held by Simon Fraser University's Special Collections and Rare Books
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