Photo Chika Okazumi


Takashi Murakami is the originator of the “Superflat” Theory and the artist most associated with its tenets. After several years of high profile projects and exhibitions, his is a name that needs no introduction.

As a curator, Murakami organized a trilogy of exhibitions, beginning with SUPERFLAT ( which traveled from Parco Gallery, Shibuya to MOCA, Los Angeles and other museums) and continuing with Coloriage (Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain), and Little Boy (NY Japan Society), the last of which was awarded the prize for Best Thematic Show by the US of the International Association of Art Critics.

He is currently preparing to release a new live action feature film, Jellyfish Eyes 2, as well as the anime series 6HP (Six Hearts Princess).

1993 Tokyo University of the Arts, P.h.D
1962 Born in Tokyo, Japan


2016 66th The Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts
2008 GQ Men of the Year 2008 Awards
2006 11th AMD Awards, Prize of Recognition (Digital Contents of The Year’05)
Heisei 17 (56th) Educational Minister Rookie of the Year, Awarded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs for the Advancement of Art
2004 Les Compagnons du Beaujolais, Honorary Knighthood
Tag Heuer Business Award
2003 Special Award, 46th Japan Fashion Editor Club (FEC) Awards
2008 Time The Most Influential People In The World 100
2006 Best Thematic Museum Show in New York, AICA USA
2005 Japan Society Imajiné Award
1998 Visiting Professor, School of Art and Architecture, UCLA, Los Angeles
1994-95 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, P.S.1 International Studio Program
Solo Exhibitions
2016 “Learning the Magic of Painting”Galerie Perrotin, Paris
“Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection From Soga Shohaku and Kitaoji Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer” Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa
2015 “MURAKAMI TAKASHI: THE 500 ARHATS” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
“Ensō” Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Solo Exhibition” Art Projects Ibiza, Lune Rouge, Ibiza Gran Hotel, HEART Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain
2014 “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
“ARHAT CYCLE” Palazzo Reale di Milano , Milano, Italy
2013 “Takashi in Superflat Wonderland” PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art , Seoul, Korea
“Solo Exhibition” Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong
“ARHAT” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2012 “Flowers & Skulls” Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong
“Murakami – Ego” Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, Doha, Qatar
2011 “Solo Exhibition” Gagosian Gallery, London, England
2010 “Solo Exhibition” Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy
“MURAKAMI VERSAILLES” Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
2009 “I Love Prints and So I Make Them” ARKI Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
“I Love Prints and So I Make Them” Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Takashi Murakami Paints Self Portraits” Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
“©MURAKAMI” Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
2008 “Davy Jone’s Tear,” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
“©MURAKAMI”Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2007 “©MURAKAMI” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Tranquility of the heart, torment of the flesh ― open wide the eye of the heart, and nothing is invisible” Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY