Born in 1936 as the son of a textile wholesaler, Keiichi Tanaami
was nine years old when he experienced the bombing of Tokyo towards the end of World War II. He studied at the Musahino Art University, visited Andy Warhol
in New York in 1969, worked with both Robert Rauschenberg
and art critic Michel Tapié during their travels to Japan, and designed record covers for Jefferson Airplane and The Monkees.
He maintained a successful career as an illustrator and a graphic designer throughout the 1960s and early '70s, and was appointed as the first artistic director of the Japanese edition of Playboy
magazine in 1975. With an infinite artistic appetite, Tanaami continues working across all boundaries, embracing painting, sculpture, performance and film, as well as a professor on the Faculty of Information Design at the Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan.
Oliver Payne (born 1977 in London, lives and works in Los Angeles) is a British artist. He collaborated with Nick Relph
after studying at the Kingston University in London. They were exhibited in 2000 in the Serpentine Gallery London, 2004 in the Kunsthalle Zürich and 2005 at Gavin Brown's Enterprise New York. Since 2007 they focus on their individual work.
See also Keiichi Tanaami
; Oliver Payne & Nick Relph