Takashi Murakami
(b. 1962, Japan)
Takashi Murakami is a worldwide renowned Japanese contemporary artist. He works in various mediums such as painting and sculpture, as well as commercial media. Since his first monographic exhibition outside of Japan in 1995, Murakami has become recognized as one of the most prominent contemporary artists of his time.

Inspired by Japanese manga and kawaii (cute) culture, Murakami paints monstrous, yet charming characters. His artwork is known for blurring the lines between high and low art, particularly through his concept of ‘Superflat’. Superflat explores the evolution of his native country’s understanding of its post-World War II condition and the relationships between art, manga, anime, and woodblock prints. Trained in traditional Nihonga painting, the artist incorporates Japanese artwork’s absence of perspective into his work.

Takashi Murakami was born in Japan in 1962. He received his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1986, 1988 and 1993, respectively. He has held solo shows around the world since 1989. His work has been featured in over 200 group shows since 1988. Murakami is the founder and President of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., where he manages young and upcoming contemporary artists. He is also the founder and organizer of the bi-annual art fair at Geisai.

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