Takashi Murakami is a Japanese artist who is arguably the most famous and successful living artist. Takashi Murakami’s work is abstract, bright and colorful but extremely heavily influenced by cartoons. Thus, his is best known for combining the concepts of “high art” with those of “low art” to prove that all art is one and can be joined in harmony. He coined the term “superflat” to describe his style. Born in Tokyo on February 1, 1962, Takashi Murakami is a painter and a sculptor who has extended his talents into commercial media and merchandise like animation and fashion. Takashi Murakami also does much to promote young artists. He is the founder and President of Kaikai Kiki, Co., Ltd., an organization through which he manages the careers of several younger artists and organizes a biannual art fair called GEISAI.
Below is a list of facts about Takashi Murakami:
• Takashi Murakami was heavily influenced by manga comics as a youngster.
• Takashi Murakami designed a line of high-end and extremely trendy purses for the name brand designer Louis Vuitton.
• Takashi Murakami often places large scale sculptures in public places. For example, in 2003 he displayed a giant work titled “Mister Pointy” in Rockefeller Center in New York City.
• Takashi Murakami holds a Ph.D.
• Takashi Murakami marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2010 alongside two giant balloons of his artwork/characters.