ARTICLE ORIGINALLY POSTED ON DECEMBER 1, 2015
Takashi Murakami is one of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from postwar Asia. He 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.
Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and received his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo University of the Arts. 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 Japanese art. Superflat is also used as a moniker to describe Murakami’s own artistic style and that of other Japanese artists he has influenced.
A lightning rod between different cultural valencies (high/low, ancient/modern, oriental/occidental), Takashi Murakami has stated that the artist is someone who understands the borders between worlds and who makes an effort to know them.