This artistic creation by 73-year-old retiree Tatsuo Horiuchi is so detailed and intricately laid out, one would hardly believe it was all made in Microsoft Excel.


For this artist, no Photoshop or other image editing software can recreate his works. Using Excel’s autoshape tool, he chooses his own forms, colors, and textures to create an interplay of these elements into a single piece of art.

It was about a decade ago when Horiuchi bought his Excel copy, which was a tad cheaper than Adobe’s cutting-edge graphics software. But its limitations to crunching financial and statistical data didn’t stop him from pushing the program to its limits.

In 2006, he won the year’s Excel Autoshape competition in Japan. That winning moment led him to take his venture further, even offering tutorials and selling some of his creations.

Mr. Horiuchi’s critics may publish tepid reviews of his works, but his keen attention to detail and ingenuity have earned him the fame and respect a contemporary artist is rarely afforded. However, had he used Photoshop to construct the same masterpieces, his story would not have been heard of in such magnitude.


Those interested in taking a peek at his works can download Cherry Blossoms at Jogo Castle (2006) and Kegon Falls (2007).