Takashi Murakami is a Japanese artist and founder of the Superflat movement whose commercialism-influenced, comical style has become a recognizable visual language across the world. Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1962 and studied at Tokyo University of the Arts.
Murakami studied Nihonga, the traditional style of Japanese painting, which serves as a starting point for his flat, cartoon-inspired motifs and style. He blends together the distinctions between “high” and “low” art, ancient and contemporary, and East and West, describing an artist as being someone who recognizes the borders between worlds and makes an effort to understand them. Despite the apparent playfulness of the cute imagery and the bright neon colors of his paintings, sculptures, and commercial designs, his works carry cultural critiques and raise questions concerning topics such as cultural appropriation, the contemporary art market, and consumerism.
Murakami has collaborated with many brands and musical artists including Louis Vuitton, Issey Miyake, Kanye West, and Pharrell. He has held solo exhibitions at numerous institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Galerie Perrotin (Paris).
The artist’s work is featured in RxArt Coloring Book Between the Lines, Vol. 2.