There are few artists who are more commercial than the Japanese Takashi Murakami is. He is 60 years old and masters the digital world as if he grew up with it.
Murakami is truly a modern Japanese artist who works with both visual art, paintings and digital and commercial media.
He is famous for blurring several of the boundaries between high and low art. He dedicates popular themes from mass media and popular culture, and then turns them into thirty-foot sculptures, paintings, or into salable commercial goods such as figurines or telephones.
Takashi Murakami attended Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, initially being there to study more traditional Japanese art. He later pursued a doctorate in Nihonga, which is a mixture of art from both the west and the east of the world. This art can be dated all the way back to the end of the 19th century.
In 2008, Takashi Murakami ended up on Time Magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential People.” At the time, he was the only visual artist ever to be included on such a list. In November 2003, ArtNews reported that Murakami’s artist works were among the most wanted in the world.
In May 2008, Murakami’s artwork “My Lonesome Cowboy”, made in 1998, sold for $ 15,200,000 at the famous Sotheby’s auction in the United Kingdom, depicting a sculpture of a boy masturbating.
He has 2.1 million followers on Instagram