A pioneer of the Superflat movement.

Takashi Murakami, Dazzling Circus: Embrace Peace and Darkness within Thy Heart, 2020 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary

Pop culture and fine art, past and present, East and West

Blurring the boundaries between popular art and high art.

Takashi Murakami, Flowers of Hope, 2020 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary

b. 1962

Takashi Murakami

One of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from post-war Asia, Takashi Murakami is known for his signature “Superflat” aesthetic: a colorful, two-dimensional style that straddles the division between fine art and pop culture as it unites elements of anime, Japanese nihonga, and ukiyo-e woodcuts. Common motifs across Murakami’s oeuvre—which spans paintings, sculptures, prints, and more—include smiling flowers, bears, and the Mickey Mouse–inspired character Mr. DOB. They also appear throughout Murakami’s thriving market for merchandise and collectibles. Murakami has presented at institutions including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, MoMA PS1, Mori Art Museum, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Museum für Moderne Kunst, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among others, and his work has sold for millions on the secondary market. Murakami also runs a large influential art production and artist management company, the Tokyo-based Kaikai Kiki Co.


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Dubbed the ‘Andy Warhol of Japan’, Neo-Pop Art luminary Takashi Murakami draws from traditional Japanese painting to create his unique, kitschy characters and works. Working in traditional media, like painting and sculpture, as well as commercial media, including fashion and animation, Murakami has a history of blurring the lines between high and commercial art, East and West, past and present.

Who is Takashi Murakami?

"I've been immersed in manga since I was a kid. I grew up with this culture. So I started to think about how to compare manga to contemporary art."

Murakami's biography follows in the footsteps of a traditional Japanese upbringing and shaped the distinctively Japanese nature of his art. Interested since a young age in becoming an animator, Murakami brought his passions into his art. Manga, anime, international animated film and otaku culture became central to his work and led him to develop his 'superflat' aesthetic. Emblematic of Murakami's work, the term superflat was coined by Murakami to refer to the flattened quality of Japanese visual culture which his works embrace, as well as to describe his attempt to blur the boundaries between popular art and high art.

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