Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara, one of Japan's leading artist, who creates drawings, sculptures and ceramic works and well known for his depictions of children and animals. Children and animals in Nara’s works are often menacing, cruelty but cute and lovely, recognized and adored by a legion of fans around the world. Nara began his career and moved to Germany in 1988, started to create works based in Köln. Around 2000, Nara moved back to Japan, and his works held in museum collections worldwide, and he still continues to be vigorously active. Nara's artworks recall the child was within us or still exist within us.

Biography
  1. 1959 Born in Aomori, Japan
  2. 1987 Aichi Prefecturel University of Fine Arts and Music, M.F.A
  3. 1988-1993 Kunstakademie Dusseldorf
Selected Exhibitions
  1. 1999 "Pave Your Dreams," Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
  2. 2000 "Empty Fortress," Galerie Johnen & Schottle, Koln
  3. 2001-2002 "I don't Mind If You Forget Me," Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama; Ashiya City Museum of Art & History, Ashiya; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa; Yoshii Brick Brewhouse, Hirosaki
  4. 2004-2005 "From the Depth of My Drawer," Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Kanaz Forest of Creation, Awara; Yonago City Museum of Art, Yonago; Yoshii Brick Brewhouse, Hirosaki; Rodin Gallery, Seoul
  5. 2006 "Yoshitomo Nara + graf: A to Z," Yoshii Brick Brewhouse, Hirosaki
  6. 2007 "Yoshitomo Nara, GeM," Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Den Haag
  7. 2009 "Yoshitomo Nara and Installation by YNG," Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Other Information
  1. 1998 Nara created a CD jacket artwork for Shonen Knife, a Japanese girl band
  2. 1999 Nara created a CD jacket artwork for The Star Club, a Japanese punk band
  3. 2000 Nara collaborated a book, "Hinagiku no Jinsei," with a Japanese cult novelist Banana Yoshimoto
  4. 2006 Nara Yoshitomo + graf produced and opend "A to Z cafe in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo

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