TATEISHI Tiger was born in Fukuoka in 1941.
In 1963, he submitted a large collage to the 15th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition, which received much attention. Subsequently he went on to be heavily influenced by Pop Art, which he aptly converted to address aspects of Japanese everyday life as well as the country’s current issues.
From the mid 60’s, he gradually began to draw cartoons.
In 1969 he moved to Italy, where he worked for Olivetti typewriters as a designer, while finding time to exhibit his paintings at such places as Alexander Iolas gallery.
From the mid 80’s his work began to feature epitomizing motifs of Japan, such as Mt. Fuji.
In 1998, he passed away in Chiba prefecture.
From his inception as an artist in 1962, until 1967, TATEISHI Tiger was known by his birth name of TATEISHI Kouichi. But from 1968 until mid 1990, he developed, for its convenient catchiness, the moniker Tiger TATEISHI, which was not only written in ‘kana’, the phonetic notation reserved for non-Japanese words, but the order of first and last name was switched to mimic the Western manner. Although he continues to be remembered posthumously by the same moniker, the ‘kana’ has been converted to Chinese characters and the order of first and last name has been reverted to the original Japanese manner.