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 Takashi Murakami  (1962 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/California / Japan      Known for: sculpture-installation, female dolls

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BIOGRAPHY for Takashi Murakami
1962 (Tokyo, Japan)
New York/California / Japan

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sculpture-installation, female dolls

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Murakami made his debut as a modern artist with the 1991 solo exhibition "Takashi, Tamiya."  In 1994 he was invited to New York to participate in the P.S.1 International Studio Program on a fellowship grant from the Rockefeller Foundation Asian Cultural Council, and founded his N.Y. studio during this stay.

He returned to Japan the following year, 1995, and founded the HIRPON FACTORY in Asaka City, Saitama, as a production studio to help create his own works, as well as nurture and handle production for young artists.  In 1998 he was invited to join the New Genre curriculum of the UCLA art department as guest professor (

The artwork of Takashi Murakami draws from the language of popular and traditional Japanese culture to comment on their relationship to contemporary life. Murakami's life-sized cyborgs, or human machines, are meticulously crafted sculptures inspired by the sometimes hard-core computer-generated imagery of the anime (animated film) and manga (comic book) industries that lie at the heart of Japanese popular culture.  These hypersexualized comic characters are embedded with references that are familiar to most Japanese audiences but are perhaps enigmatic to others.  The wall drawings combine the palette and precision of computer graphics with the composition and formal perfection of traditional Japanese painting (

Takashi Murakami's work has been exhibited in museums all over the world, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and a recent solo retrospective exhibition at the Bard College Museum of Art.  In September, 2003, his 30-foot Buddha-like character named Tongarikun with mushroom-shaped seats will be installed at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Through his work, Murakami has played with these oppositions in East and West, past and present, high art and low culture while remaining consistently amusing and accessible. His work morphs the worlds of popular contemporary Japanese cartoons and historic Japanese painting (he is classically trained, with a Ph.D. in the traditional nihon-ga style) (

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