Drawing from traditional Japanese painting, sci-fi, anime, and the global art market, 
Murakami creates paintings, sculptures, and films populated by repeated motifs and 
mutating characters of his own creation. His wide-ranging work embodies an intersection of 
pop culture, history, and fine art.

Murakami has held solo exhibitions at major art institutions around the globe and is widely 
known for his high-profile projects with fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and VANS, as 
well as collaborations with musicians such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. He also 
directs and produces films and animation.

Murakami earned a BA, MFA, and PhD from Tokyo University of the Arts, where he studied 
nihonga (traditional Japanese painting). In 1996, he established the Hiropon Factory, a 
studio/workshop that in subsequent years grew into an art production and artist 
management company, now known as Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd