Tanioka Shigeo


b. 1949, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

  • 1974

    Apprenticed to Tanabe Chikuunsai II

Exhibitions & Accolades
  • 1984

    Became independent

  • 1987

    Admitted to Japan Craft Exhibition for the first time, Tokyo

  • 1990

    Winner of Silver Award at Itami Craft Arts Exhibition, Hyogo

  • 1991

    Admitted to 38th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1992

    Winner of City Council Award at 46th Sakai City Art Exhibition, Osaka

  • 1994

    Winner of Special Award at Wood and Lacquer Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1994

    Beyond The Millennium Craft Exhibition

  • 1996

    Admitted to Tea Ceremony Art Competition

  • 1997

    Winner of Grand Prize at Osaka Prefecture Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1998

    Winner of Achievement Award at Asahi Contemporary Craft Arts Exhibition
    Winner of Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at 8th Japanese Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition

  • 1999

    Winner of Mid-Western Division Award at 28th Mid-Western Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
    Bamboo Masterworks, Asia Society, New York, NY

  • 2000

    Became judge at 29th Mid-Western Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
    Bamboo Masterworks, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

  • 2001

    Winner of Chairman’s Award at Osaka Craft Arts Exhibition, Osaka
    Winner of Chairman’s Award at Japan Craft Art Exhibition
    Best Bamboo Baskets: The Cotsen Collection, Long House Reserve, East Hampton, NY
    Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI

  • 2002

    The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

  • 2002

    Exhibited at Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2004

    Winner of Cotsen Bamboo Prize

  • 2005

    Weavers of Wonder, Naples Museum, Naples, FL

  • 2006

    Power & Delicacy: Master Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA and Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
    Exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • 2011

    Many Shapes of Bamboo V, Oita Prefecture Museum

  • 2017

    Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Tanioka Shigeo & Tanioka Aiko, TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2020

    Masterpieces of Bamboo Art: Katsushiro Soho and Fujinuma Noboru, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan

Museum Collections
  • Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art, Hanford, CA
    Sakai City Museum
    Craft Arts Hall, Shiga
    Member of Sakai Art Association
    Member of Osaka Craft Art Association
    Full Member of Japan Traditional Craft Arts Association


I knew that this would become my lifelong obsession. I am captivated by the characteristics specific to bamboo. I love the nodes and roundness. I enjoy working with a variety of different bamboos. Over a period of forty-three years, I have tried to bring to life the unique charm of bamboo in my work.

  • Ten Thousand Flowers

  • Tanioka Shigeo & Tanioka Aiko

  • Japanese Bamboo and the World Expo: A Century of Discovery