Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan. He currently lives and works in Tokyo and New York City.

He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, where he received his B.F.A. in 1986, M.F.A. in 1988, and P.h.D. in 1993. He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki, an art production and art management corporation. In addition to the production and marketing of Murakami's art and related work, Kaikai Kiki functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of emerging artists. A lightning rod of cultural dichotomies, Murakami believes the artist to be one who perceives and limns the borders between worlds.

Combining refined classical painting techniques with a supercharged mix of Pop, animé, and otaku imagery in his distinctive ‘Superflat’ style, Murakami moves freely within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic issues and cultural inspirations. Parallel to the dystopian themes, which pervade his work, he recollects and revitalizes traditional narratives of transcendence and enlightenment. Mining religious and secular subjects favoured by the so-called Japanese ‘eccentrics’ (non-conformist artists of the Early Modern era widely regarded as counterparts of the Western Romantic tradition). Murakami situates himself within their legacy of bold and lively individualism in a manner that is entirely his own and of his time.

As a curator, cultural entrepreneur, and critical observer of contemporary Japanese society, Murakami organized ‘SUPERFLAT’ in 2000. He continued this work through the subsequent exhibitions ‘Coloriage’ at Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris and ‘Little Boy: The Art of Japan's Exploding Subcultures’ at The Japan Society in New York, USA. In 2011, Murakami organized the ‘New Day: Artists for Japan’ international charity auction at Christie’s New York in response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Murakami’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan, Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris, France, The Serpentine Gallery in London, England, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, USA, The Brooklyn Museum in New York, USA, The Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, The Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, Château de Versailles in France, Qatar Museum Authority in Qatar, Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, USA and The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Norway.