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Takahiro Komuro

Grotesquely cute sculptures embrace childhood fantasies.

“Art is about doing things you usually wouldn’t do. The impossible. The useless.”

Brightly coloured gloss sculptures by Takahiro Komuro balance fantasy with horror. Dragons, children and chimeric creatures sport double heads, many limbs and elongated necks. They range in size from small vinyl toys to large, life-sized creations. As the artist describes, they are “cute but shocking,” inspiring “a sense of discomfort.” Komuro begins his process with a digital render. Then he tran...

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Takahiro Komuro (he/him) was born 1985 in Tokyo, Japan, where he continues to live and work.

Early years

Komuro grew up in the Ōta-ku area of Tokyo, near many metalworking factories. Inspired by the artisans he saw around him, he would make clay figures and remake his own toys. This formed the foundation of his practice today.


As a student at the Tokyo University of Arts, Komuro concentrated in sculpture. He was not interested in drawing or painting. Instead felt most connected to the physical actions of touching and creating in 3D.

Collaborations with Takahiro Komuro