Takashi Murakami

Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami (b.1962) is known for blurring the boundaries between popular culture and fine art. Murakami does so by incorporating traditional Japanese painting techniques with a mix of pop and otaku – a term in Japanese that explains the obsession with cartoons and anime – on a flattened picture-plane. This combination of styles is defined by the artist as “superflat” works, a movement which he founded in 2000.