Meet the inimitable Mogu Takahashi, self-taught painter and bird lover!
Describe what you do: I am a self taught artist. I had solo exhibitions in Japan, Paris, Barcelona Melbourne and Stockholm.
Where do you live? Where do you work? I live and work in Tokyo.
Describe a typical day for you: I am an early bird. I wake up 4-5AM, go to studio and start working from around 7AM. My studio is next to library and park, I call them my garden and book shelfs. I love spending time there for drawing, daydreaming and reading!
Name a book that you read recently and loved: Not sure if it’s ok to say “Read” but recently I bought “PORTRETTEN” by Helena Van Der Kraan. That is portrait photo book of teddy bears. I love looking their simple but unique expressions, sometimes looks sad, worrying and cute ugly.
Favorite snack: It’s definitely salt and vinegar chips! But now I’m trying not to stock it because it’s so hard to stop. hehe.
Favorite color combination: Hmm it would be... Green and Smoky rose pink!
What is your most treasured possession? My bird Mame, if it’s ok to call him a possession. First meeting with him was very unique. A day I saw baby green bird in the dream. Then next day accidentally I passed pet shop, so there was the bird I saw in dream!! Face, wing colors, and cage, everything was same, I felt something special and I decided to welcome him to our family. It’s a story 10 years ago. Since then I often draw birds in paintings :)
What is the best piece of advice someone ever gave you? A few years ago when I was feeling like stuck, a friend of mine sent me this yoga quotes. So nice isn’t it? “Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your natural beauty. Keep growing.”
And finally, where can we see your work?
Check my Instagram!
The original painting behind the Biquette Peace blanket: