Takashi Murakami was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He attended Tokyo University of the Arts where he majored in Nihonga - the traditional style of Japanese painting that incorporates technique, style, and subjects native to Japan.
Murakami has quickly become a Pop Art icon. In 2008, he was the only visual artist to be named one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine. His style has enabled him to fuse together traditional art with pop culture, anime, otaku content, and commercial products in a colorful way. Originally, Murakami thought westerners would not accept his style, but over the years, through auction reports, he has found that most of the collectors interested in his work come from Europe and North America.
Much like Andy Warhol, whom Murakami is often compared, his work has sold for some major cash at auction houses. In 2012, The Castle of Tin Tin set the record for the artist’s paintings selling for the price of $3,700,000 at Sotheby’s New York. His masterpiece, Miss Ko2, was sold at Phillips New York in 2010 for the estimated price of $6,000,000. His most expensive piece thus far, The Lonesome Cowboy, sold for $13,500,000 in 2008 at the Sotheby’s New York auction.
His collaborations and resume tick boxes that other artists could only dream of. Perhaps one of his biggest collaborations was with the major fashion house Louis Vuitton. He’s also worked with Vogue, iconic musicians like Kanye West and Pharrel Williams, and some of the most coveted clothing brands around the world like Supreme, COMME de GARCONS and visvim. (list below)
“Last Night, Good Night (Re:Dialed)” – Pharrell Williams Remix
Pharrell Williams “The Simple Things” (Art Basel - Miami)
Damien Hirst x Lionel Messi
Billionaire Boys Club “JELLYFISH EYES” T-Shirt
Hajime Asaoka “Death Takes No Bribe” Tourbillon Watch
Britney Spears for POP Magazine
Casio G-SHOCK Frogman Watch
Kirsten Dunst x McG “Akihabara Majokko Princess”
VISVIM KEIFER Hi-Suede “Multi Flower”
Supreme Skate Decks
Vogue x COMME des GARÇONS
Murakami plays an active role in philanthropic causes, while he also manages the careers of several younger artists and organizes the biannual art fair GEISAI. You can find his work in 2017 at these places; Takashi Murakami x Vogue x COMME des GARÇONS through May 28th ; at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, September 29 to February 4; Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, June 6 – September 24, 2017 MCA Chicago.
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