Yayoi Kusama

Japan, 1929

Yayoi Kusama is an avant-garde Japanese artist who explores a variety of media including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. Using repetition, pattern, and psychedelic colors, Kusama has a wide scope of subjective interests. Kusama lived and worked in New York City from 1957 to 1973, where she was influenced by abstract expressionism before taking a conscious step towards sculpture and installation upon returning to Japan in the 1970s. Kusama's work has included walk-in installations, public sculptures, and the "Dots Obsessions" paintings. Now in her 90’s, Kusama is revisiting her earlier ideas by returning to drawing and painting. Her work remains stylistically varied, with innovative concepts of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, art brut, and pop art.

Born in 1929, Kusama continues to produce both art and literary works and has been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and Tate Modern. Kusama’s work is in the collections of leading museums throughout the world, including; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Phoenix Art Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Centre Pompidou, and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. The artist lives and works in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Image: Photo by Jason Schmidt