Sanae Takahata was born in Maebashi City, Gunma province, in Japan. She lives and works in Tokyo. After graduating from high school, she bought a one-way ticket to Paris, where she made her debut at a gallery in 1977. She then moved to the United States and quickly signed a contract with a New York gallery. She returned to Japan at the end of the nineteen-eighties.
Sanae Takahata received a very exclusive invitation to present her first series of dress-shaped painted sculptures, WEAR ME, at the Honen-in Temple in Kyoto in 2006. Her paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.
Sanae Takahata is a free spirit and an independent woman. She neither knows borders nor belongs to any specific art circle.