1973 Born in Sakai City Osaka
1992 Graduated from Osaka Craft High School, majored in fine art
1999 Graduated from Tokyo Art University, majored in sculpture
Tanabe Chikuunsai IV was born into one of Japan's most prestigious bamboo pedigrees. Like his father, Tanabe Chikuunsai III, he attended art school and earned a degree in sculpture. He is the son chosen to become Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, representing the fourth generation of bamboo artists in his family. From a young age he gravitated towards bamboo, making his first piece when he was only 7 or 8. He is active in Japan and internationally, exhibiting and demonstrating in USA, UK, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Korea. His work is in the collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Museum Fine Art of Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the British Museum and the V & A Museum.