Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist and is considered one of the most important voices and influences of the avant-garde. Yayoi Kusama’s work, in a wide array of mediums including painting, sculpture, installations, and performance, has impacted pop art, minimalism, and feminist and environmental art. She studied traditional Nihonga painting at Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, but has mentioned that she despised the formal, old style of teaching she found there. Polka dots are a trademark of Kusama’s work, and she devoted entire installations to them, covering every imaginable surface, and often appearing in the work in a polka-dotted jumpsuit.