Takeshi Yamada

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Takeshi Yamada in 2007

Takeshi Yamada is a Japanese-American artist and rogue taxidermist.

Yamada was born Osaka, Japan, in 1960.[1] He began painting at the age of 12, and decided to become an artist at 16.[2] He was an international exchange student at the Osaka University of Arts before moving to the United States in 1983. He studied art at the California College of the Arts and the Maryland Institute College of Art, obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1985. In 1987, he obtained his Master of Fine Art from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design.[1] He had exhibitions at the Neville-Sargent Gallery in Chicago in 1988 and 1991.[2] In 1990, a series of 48 paintings entitled "Divine Comedy: New Orleans Mardi Gras" by Yamada were displayed in the Louisiana State Museum, and later some of them were shown in the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo. In 1993, he had a solo exhibition at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.[3] He moved to New York City in 2000.[1]

Takeshi Yamada with his "sea rabbit"

Yamada is a rogue taxidermist, creating fake creatures out of organic and inorganic materials.[4] Some of his works have been displayed at the Coney Island Library.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Takeshi Yamada : Grand Champion, MART Taxidermy Contest 2006". Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b Foerstner, Abigail (21 April 1991). "Frozen Moments: 'Photorealistic' Art Takes Viewers On An Architectural Dreamwalk Through The City". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Takeshi Yamada". Brooklyn Working Artists Coalition. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  4. ^ Tudor, Silke (7 November 2006). "The Stuffing Dreams Are Made Of". The Village Voice. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Museum of World Wonders: Cabinet of Curiosities". Brooklyn Public Library. Retrieved 8 April 2012.

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