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Takashi Murakami

Japanese, b. 1962

Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami may be famous among collectors for his psychedelic flowers and chaotic cartoons, but artists likely know him as the theorist behind the contemporary art movement he calls “Superflat.”

Partially inspired by the Pop art of Andy Warhol, in which celebrity culture and mundane mass-produced items became the focus of bright and colorful works that both celebrated and criticized consumerism, Murakami’s Superflat encompasses painting, sculpture, digital design and more to present a subversive look at consumerism but is also an effort to blend fine art and lowbrow culture. A multifaceted and remarkably influential artist as well as a compulsive art collector, Murakami has collaborated with brands such as Louis Vuitton, while one of his most famous Superflat works is the teddy bear on the cover of the Graduation album by American rapper Kanye West.

In 1993 Murakami earned his Ph.D. from Tokyo University of the Arts, where he was trained in nihonga, a style of painting that originated in the late 19th century by artists who worked to preserve and promote the conventions and processes associated with traditional Japanese art. While practicing nihonga, Murakami began to realize that his beliefs didn’t align with the tradition, so his art subsequently took on a satirical feel that embodied a critique of the movement. Before long, his style took a drastic turn, embracing otaku, a rising postwar cultural phenomenon among Japan’s younger crowd who loved anime and manga. (Otaku is also integral to Superflat.)

This is when Murakami’s most well-known character, Mr. DOB, was born. This anime-inspired icon, which Americans might interpret as a cross between Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat given its pronounced ears and broad and menacing grin, was part of the artist’s endeavor to elevate the otaku subculture but also to target mass consumerism. While Murakami conceived of Mr. DOB years ahead of his 2000-era Superflat theory, there is much common ground between the two. Not unlike his other creations, Murakami’s Mr. DOB is equal parts erotic, disturbing and cartoonish — an incisive mockery of the mingling of commerce and fine art so prevalent in Japanese popular culture.

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    Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary artist. He coined the term "Superflat" to describe his work, which draws inspiration from two-dimensional anime cartoons and manga comics popular in Japan. Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan, on February 1, 1962. You'll find a collection of Takashi Murakami art on 1stDibs.
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    Takashi Murakami was born on February 1, 1962, in Tokyo, Japan. He studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts, earning a Ph.D. in art. He currently lives in both Tokyo and New York City. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Takashi Murakami art.
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    Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan, on February 1, 1962. He received a Ph.D. in art from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1993. During the 1990s, he shifted from the traditional Japanese painting style of nihonga and began creating bold, colorful works inspired by anime and manga. He calls his style Superflat. On 1stDibs, find a range of Takashi Murakami art.
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    Takashi Murakami lives and works in both Tokyo, Japan, and New York, New York. He was born in Tokyo on February 1, 1962, and he graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts with a Ph.D. in art. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Takashi Murakami art.
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    Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary painter and sculptor. Some critics refer to him as a Japanese pop artist. The artist calls his style Superflat, saying that it stems from the two-dimensional images found in anime and manga. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Takashi Murakami art.
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