Yoshitomo NARA

b.1959

Yoshitomo Nara was born in 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan. He currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

Nara graduated from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music and from the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. Nara’s upbringing in post-World War II Japan profoundly affected his art. He belongs to the Postmodern Superflat movement of Japanese art founded by Takashi Murakami. Like Murakami, the artist uses Japanese manga and cartoons reminiscent of American Pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and his use of comic book drawings and techniques. The superficially childish preoccupations depicted in Nara’s oeuvre are sometimes interpreted as a fear of adulthood.

Since 1984, Nara has participated in nearly 40 solo exhibitions around the world.

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