An abstract painter, Teiji Takai (1911-1975) is best known for works in which he merged the aesthetic of his native Japan with the painterly vocabulary of abstract expressionism. His work is noted for its gentle pastoral feeling. Takai was born in Japan in the Tokushima prefecture. He studied at Shinanobashi Yoga Kenkyusho in Osaka, an institute of western-style painting. Takai moved to the United States in 1954, settling in New York City, where he exhibited at the Poindexter Gallery from 1959 to 1972.