Takashi Murakami

Japanese, b. 1962

One of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from postwar Asia, Takashi Murakami is known for his contemporary Pop synthesis of fine art and popular culture, particularly his use of a boldly graphic and colorful anime and manga cartoon style. Murakami became famous in the 1990s for his “Superflat” theory and for organizing the paradigmatic exhibition of that title, which linked the origins of contemporary Japanese visual culture to historical Asian art. Drawing on both traditional printmaking techniques and Japanese manga, Murakami’s art acts as a cultural barometer with subversive undertones and imagery. His innovative practice includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, animations, and collaborations with brands such as Louis Vuitton. Murakami’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions around the world, including those held at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Versailles Palace, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.