Born in 1936 in Nishiwaki, Hyogo Prefecture, Tadanori Yokoo is one of Japan's most intentionally recognized graphic designers and illustrators. In 1956, he started his career as a graphic designer at The Kobe Shimbun newspaper. In 1960, he joined the Nippon Design Center and worked primarily in commercial design. In the late 1960s, after traveling to India, Yokoo became interested in mysticism and psychedelic art. In 1969, he won the grand prize for prints at the 6th Paris Youth Biennale. Three years later, he held a solo exhibition at Museum of Modern Art in New York and in 1974 won the gold prize at 5th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw. Since 1981, after viewing a Picasso retrospective at the MoMA in New York, he decided to retire from commercial poster design and focus on his career as a fine artist.
Tadanori Yokoo is featured in Sanbusaku 2 三部作