Takashi Murakami

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Full Name Takashi Murakami
Age 58 Years Old
Nick Name Takashi Murakami
Gender Male
Famous As Artist
Birth Date February 1st, 1962
Birth Place Tokyo

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Takashi Murakami s a Japanese contemporary artist who is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. His paintings reflect Japanese culture-he coined the term “super flat” which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic traditions and post-war Japanese culture and society. He is also the founder and President of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., through which he manages several younger artists. He was the founder and organizer of the biannual art fair "Geisai". Scroll down to get more information about his full biography, birthday, wiki, facts, family details, net worth, wife, career, and many more.

Famous For

  • Being a famous contemporary artist. 
  • For his works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation).

Takashi Mukarami, a famous Japanese Artist

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Early Life of Takashi Murakami

On 1st February 1962, Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan; his birthplace/hometown. His nationality is Japanese and his ethnicity is Asian. His race is White. As of 2020, he celebrated his 58th birthday. Murakami's father was a taxi driver, and his mother was a homemaker. His mother, who studied needlepoint and designed textiles, had a tremendous influence on Murakami's interest in the arts. His parents often had him write reviews on exhibitions he had seen. From an early age, he was a fan of anime and manga (Japanese comics) and hoped to work in the animation industry. As per his education, he attended Tokyo University of the Arts to acquire the drafting skills necessary to become an animator but eventually majored in Nihonga, the 'traditional' style of Japanese painting that incorporates traditional Japanese artistic conventions, techniques and subjects. Though he would go on to earn a Ph.D. in Nihonga, he gradually became disillusioned with its insular, highly political world and started to explore more contemporary artistic styles, media, and strategies. His horoscope sign is Aquarius. Information about her siblings, religion is unknown.

Career of Takashi Murakami

  • Takashi was dissatisfied with the state of contemporary art in Japan, believing it to be "a deep appropriation of Western trends."
  •  In an article naming and explaining all of Murakami's pieces lies the infamous 'My Lonesome Cowboy' 1998. 
  • The sculpture is that of a naked anime character with blond spiky hair with a spiral trail of semen circling him. It's stated that this sculpture is a counterpart to a piece that was made four years later 'Hiropon' which is the most expensive piece of him to date selling for $13,500,000 at Sotheby's New York auction in 2008.
  • He also began developing his own pop icon, "Mr. DOB".
  • In the year 1994, he received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council and participated in the PS1 International Studio Program in New York City for a year. 
  • He established a small studio, which, together with the Hiropon Factory in Japan, became the precursor to his company Kaikai Kiki.
  • Later on, he began to focus on Japan's 'low' culture, especially anime and manga, and the larger subculture of otaku. 
  • His artistic style and motifs (cute/disturbing anime-Esque characters rendered in bright colors, flat and highly glossy surfaces, life-size sculptures of anime figurines) derived from this strategy which is demonstrated in his whimsical Cosmos Ball from 2000, in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art.
  • Moreover, he also published his "Superflat" theory in the catalog for a group exhibition of the same name that he curated for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in the year 2000. 
  • In the past decade, his curatorship expanded to include Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, and Otani Workshop at Blum & Poe, New York (2016), and Juxtapox x Superflat at Vancouver Art Gallery (2016).
  • In the year 1996, he launched the Hiropon Factory, his production workshop, in order to work on a larger scale and in a more diverse array of media.
  • In the year 2001, Hiropon Factory was incorporated as Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
  • He then began his long-lasting collaboration with the fashion brand Louis Vuitton in the year 2002. 
  • In the year 2007, he provided the cover artwork for rapper Kanye West's album Graduation and directed an animated music video for West's song "Good Morning".
  • He also provided cover artwork for West's 2018 collaboration album Kids See Ghosts with Kid Cudi.
  • In May 2014, with Pharrell and kz of livetune, he created a music video for the remix of the Hatsune Miku song "Last Night, Good Night (Re:Dialed)".
  • His anime-inspired illustrations from his first film Jellyfish Eyes also adorned a T-shirt by Billionaire Boys Club, the brand co-founded by Pharrell and Nigo.
  • He also collaborated with fashion designer, Virgil Abloh, on a series of artworks, bringing the fashion world to the art world but ultimately transcending both to create something more in 2018. 
  • In March 2019, Billie Eilish released the official music video for you should see me in a crown, directed and animated by him. The video features the "Blohsh", Eilish's signature logo, as well as Murakami's flowers.

Takashi Mukarami art in Billie Eilish You Should See Me In A Crown

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  • In March 2020, J Balvin released his album Colores featuring album cover designs and artwork by him. 
  • In April 2020, Supreme released a Box Logo Tee featuring artwork from Murakami. 
  • All the proceeds went to HELP USA, in order to support youth and families facing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to this, 

  • In the year 2008, he was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People", the only visual artist included.
  • In February 2012, Murakami opened an exhibition in Doha, Qatar. 
  • From 2002 until 2014, Murakami organized a unique direct-participatory art fair called Geisai. 

Being an author his books include:

  • Murakami, Takashi "Geijutsu Kigyoron" 
  • Murakami, Takashi "Geijutsu Tosoron" 
  • Murakami, Takashi "Summon Monsters? Open The Door? Heal? Or Die?" 
  • Murakami, Takashi "Superflat" 
  • Murakami, Takashi "Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture" 
  • Cruz, Amanda/Friis-Hansen, Dana/Matsui, Midori "Takashi Murakami: The Meaning of the Nonsense of the Meaning" 
  • Schimmel, Paul "Murakami" 
  • Le Bon, Laurent "Murakami Versailles"

Awards and Achievements of Takashi Murakami 

In the year 2008, he was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People", the only visual artist included. Till now, he has not achieved any awards. 

Net Worth of Takashi Murakami 

Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary artist. His diptych The World of Sphere (2003) sold for $2 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong in fall 2013. His record for his paintings is $4.2 million, which was set by The Castle of Tin Tin (1998), a DOB painting that sold at Sotheby's New York in November 2012. AS of 2020, his net worth is estimated to have $92 Million as per sources. His paintings reflect Japanese culture-he coined the term “super flat” which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic traditions and post-war Japanese culture and society. Whereas his exact salary, assets are unknown. 

Personal Life of Takashi Murakami 

Takashi Murakami is a married man. He has an eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. His challenge is to tame his son, who is, in Murakami's telling, “super-bad”. Recently, Murakami moved his family from Tokyo to an estate outside Kyoto. There is no information regarding his wife's name and children's name. His sexual orientation is straight. The family is living a happy life as of now.  

Body Measurements of Takashi Murakami 

Takashi Murakami is a handsome hunk with an average body build. With his spectacle, he even looks very cool. He has got a perfect height matching with his body weight. He has got a tall height of 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) and a balanced weight of 80 kg (180 lb). His other body measurements such as shoe size, dress size, chest size, and more are unknown. Overall, he has got a healthy body with a charming smile.