Hiroshi Tanabe’s distinguished illustrations emulated the clean lines of traditional woodcuts and have matured into more refined and layered drawings early in his career. Though constantly evolving, his works maintain a sense of modernity unparalleled in fashion and beauty illustration today. His illustrations have appeared throughout Europe, The United States and Japan.

Tanabe has published 2 books. An award winning illustrations book, blue mode, published by Korinsha Press (1998). The innovative approach to both illustration and design garnered Gold Awards for Tanabe and the designer, Hideki Nakajima from The New York Art Directors Club. They worked again for Tanabe’s second illustration book titled, “#2” published by Graphic-sha (2003). In 1997 Pucci International commissioned Tanabe to design a collection of mannequins and wall graphics.

Solo Exhibitions

2003 Space Force, Rocket, and Blue Lounge, Tokyo

2003 The Parco Gallery, Nagoya

2001 Depot, Tokyo

2000 Galerie Shinichiro Arakawa, Paris 

1998 “Daydreaming Girls” at The Parco Gallery, Tokyo (with Jeffrey Fulvimari)

Group Exhibitions

2019 “FINAESTAMPA“, at Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Gipuzkoa, Spain

2019 Museo ABC, Madrid, Spain

2012-2013 Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2011 Fashion illustration gallery, London

2007 Space 301 at Alabama

2001 Visionaire’s “Exquisite Corpse“ exhibition at Carlton Arts Festival, Sao Paulo

2000 The Mayor Gallery in London (coincided with the release of book “Fashion Illustration Now” published by Thames & Hudson.)

1996 “Young Guns • NYC ”

Tanabe’s illustrations are held in public and private collections including The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers and Print. 

His work was selected for Lurzers Archive’s Premier Commercial Illustration Annual 1999. In 1994 he earned world acclaimed British Vogue’s esteemed Vogue/Sotherby’s Beaton Award for fashion illustration.

Hiroshi Tanabe was graduated from Tama Art College with a degree in Graphic Design in Tokyo. In 1990 he furthered his education at Milan’s Accademia Belle Arti di Brera to study fine art and sculpture. Tanabe divides his time between Tokyo and New York.

Hiroshi’s drawings are the collection at Victoria and Albert Museum.


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