b. 1926 in Yakima, WA
d. 2010 in Chicago, IL
Tadao Takano, born to Japanese immigrants, was a graphic artist and professor at University of Illinois Chicago. Relocated to a Japanese internment camp during WWII, he was later enlisted and served in Italy. Following his return home, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual design from the Institute of Design at IIT, Chicago. Takano worked as both a graphic designer, and a professor for a number of years, and between 1982 and 1993, he invented the “Bigs” robotic machine, a programmable machine which allowed him to expose sections of photographic paper repeatedly until a pattern emerged. He called this medium cyberlithography.
Beloved among both students and faculty, he is remembered for his generous spirit. In Takano’s Chicago Tribune obituary, Morris Barazani, former director of the art and design department at UIC, is quoted as saying “his students were his family. The kids just worshipped him. He gave everything to the kids.”
Figs 1000, 1991
20″ x 24″
Gift of Mrs. Linda Blackwell Bentley