For nearly a decade since the late 1970s artist Takanori Aiba worked as a maze illustrator for Japanese fashion magazine POPYE.
The following decade he worked as an architect and finally in 2003 decided to merge the two crafts—the design of physical space and the drawing of labyrinths—into these incredibly detailed tiny worlds.
Using craft paper, plastic, plaster, acrylic resin, paint and other materials Aiba constructs sprawling miniature communities that wrap around bonsai trees, lighthouses, and amongst the cliffs of nearly vertical islands.
Takanori Aiba was born in 1953 in Yokohama, Japan.
Studied Japanese traditional textiles and dyed clothing in Tokyo Zokei University.
Built a first career as a freelance maze illustrator since 1978.
His Architectural Labyrinth Sculptures works were serialized in “POPYE”, Japanese fashion magazine for 10 years.
Founded his own company,”Graphics and Designing Inc.”, in 1981. Expand a range of his career to a concept maker and art director for architectural spaces.
Total production of “Shin Yokohama Chinese Noodle Museum”, “Muse Du Petit Prince De Saint Exupery A Hakone”, “NINJA AKASAKA“ were one of his major works.Since, 2003, He put his mind to create three dimensional art works which combines his knowledge and experience of both maze illustrator and architect.