1911 Born on February 26 in Kawasaki as eldest son of cartoonist Ippei Okamoto and poetess and novelist Kanoko.
1929 Enters the oil painting department of the Tokyo Fine Arts School. Accompanies his parents to Europe in December, and starts living in Paris in January of the following year.
1932 Electrified by paintings of Picasso into pursuing abstract arts.
1933 Becomes a member of the Abstraction-Creation group to associate with avant-garde artists until 1937, before he begins to pursue more concrete expression.
1938 Studies ethnology under Professor Marcel Mauss at the University of Paris. Exhibits Wounded Arm at the International Surrealist Exhibition in Paris.
1939 Associates with Georges Bataille and other thinkers around this time.
His mother Kanoko dies at the age of 49.
1940 Returns to Japan following the German invasion of France.
1941 Exhibits works produced while staying in Europe to the 28th Nika Exhibition held by Nika-kai(a group of anti-mainstream artists), and receives the Nika Prize.
1942 Sent to the Chinese front as a private and returns to Tokyo in 1946 to find all his works burned in an air raid.
1947 Begins to emphasize Taikyoku-ism (polarism) as the core of his artistic principle.
1948 Establishes Yoru-no-kai (the Night Society) with critic Kiyoteru Hanada and others to explore various themes to integrate avant-garde art and literature.
His father Ippei dies at the age of 62.
1949 Submits Heavy Industry to the 34th Nika Exhibition, and Law of the jungle to the 35th exhibition the following year.
1952 Publishes Thoughts on Jomon Earthenware in an art magazine Mizue, highlighting the beauty of the primitive artifacts in the prehistoric Jomon period.
1954 Submits work to the 27th Venice Biennale.
Moves the studio to Aoyama and establishes the Gendai Geijutsu Kenkyusyo (Institute of Esthetic Research).
Publishes Today’s Art, which becomes a best-seller.
1956 Executes ceramic relief murals for the old Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.
1970 Serves as Theme Producer of the Expo ’70 in Osaka, the first worlds’ fair held in Asia, and builds the Tower of the Sun in the Symbol Zone.
1981 Holds a solo exhibition at the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art.
Appears in commercial, popularizing the phrase:"Art is explosion."
1991 "Taro Okamoto-Outstanding Talent from Kawasaki" exhibition held at the Kawasaki City Museum.
Donates principal works to Kawasaki City in December.
1993 Becomes an honorary citizen of Kawasaki City.
1996 Dies of acute respiratory dysfunction on January 7.
Wounded Arm 《Wounded Arm》 1941
making law of the jungle making “law of the jungle”(1950)
Jomon pottery Jomon pottery(photo by Taro Okamoto, 1956)
TV commercial TV commercial(HITACHI maxell, 1981)