Takashi Murakami (born 1 February 1963 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese artist working in traditional painting media as well as with modern digital and commercial media. He strives to blur the boundaries between high and low art and is considered as one of the founders of the “Superflat” style. This style is characterised by large uniform areas of colour and by figures inspired by “anime” and “manga” (Japanese cartoon animation). Murakami’s work has correspondences with Pop art in that he takes elements from low art and incorporates them into high art; his work is thus categorised as Neo-Pop art.
Much of his early work was created in the spirit of social criticism and satire. His earlier work included various performances and he began developing his own pop icon “Mr. DOB”, which would later develop into a form of self-portraiture.
In 2008, Takashi Murakami was in the Times Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people.