Takashi Murakami

Japan, 1962

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1962, Murakami is best known for his contemporary intersection between pop culture influences and so-called “fine art”. Murakami’s application of strong graphics, brightly colored anime and manga cartoon styles not only earned him “The Warhol of Japan” nickname, but also established him as one of the most celebrated artists in Asia. These manipulations of several different styles often combine a traditional 19th-century Japanese style with contemporary fine art techniques. Murakami created the name “Superflat” to describe his new approach to Japanese pop art, and his work is rooted in a strong intellectual awareness of how our current visually-driven culture functions. Murakami’s paintings have a glossy attraction which give the viewer alternate histories and a visual commentary on what is at the heart of consumerism.

Murakami earned his BFA, MFA, and PhD from the Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2007 Murakami’s first retrospective, “©Murakami” was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York as well as exhibitions and public collections around the world including Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; The Gagosian Gallery, London; The Palace of Versailles; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris; and The Stuttgart Museum of Art. The artist currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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