Taki Ryoun became most proficient in engraving, calligraphy and earned for himself the reputation of being a first-class critic.
Taki Ryoun was born in 1846 in Shizuoka, Japan.
When a child Taki moved to Awa, Chiba Prefecture, with his clan lord (1868). Awa was a remote city, he could not find anybody good enough to teach him painting and art. He had slowly developed, so he began fashioning his work after the paintings of Kazan Watanabe, Chinzan Tsubaki and other Chinese painters. He studied under Katei Taki (since 1874) and then returned to Shizuoka in 1902.
Taki Ryoun was also a scholar of the Chinese classics. Later he drifted into journalism and edited the Ukiyo Shimbun, the Aomori Shimpo and founded the To-o Nippo in 1890.