Takako Azami was born in 1964 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. She graduated from Tama University of Fine Arts with a B.A. in painting with an emphasis on Japanese-style painting. She has been invited to exhibit in such important group exhibitions as “The Vision of ‘Nihonga’: Between the Inside and the Outside,” The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan and “The Tenth International Art Fair ‘ART MOSCOW’,” Moscow City Hall Cultural Committee, Russia. Her recent solo exhibitions include “Viewing Light,” Art Front Gallery/Art Interactive Tokyo, Japan in 2006 and Gertsev Gallery, Moscow, Russia in 2006 and Citizens Gallery of Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo in 2006.
Takako Azami is the recipient of a 2007-08 fellowship to study in the US for a period of one year in the Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists. For more than a decade, Azami has been painting monochrome ink paintings inspired by the trees in her immediate environment. She has painted the ancient pine tree in front of her house in Japan over a dozen times in the last decade. Her latest obsession is the tree she can see from the window of her present apartment in Manhattan. This long commitment to the simple subject of a tree contributes to a rich spectrum of artistic expressions, an almost Impressionist take on natural light and ephemeral beauty. Her signature black and white dots depict the ever-changing patterns of branches and leaves reflected in sunlight.