Yoshitomo NARA

  
 

Yoshitomo NARA

b. 1986 Japan



Nara was born in Hirosaki, a village located in the northern prefecture of Aomori, Japan. After obtaining a Masters in Fine Arts from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Nagoya, Japan in 1987, Nara moved to Germany to study at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, from which he graduated in 1993.

Until 2000, Nara continued to live and work in Germany before returning to Japan, and is currently based out of Tokyo. Nara’s artwork primarily features depictions of children with oversized heads, in a style directly influenced by children’s book illustrations. His children are often sullen and angry, imbued with the angst and rebellion of Nara’s Punk rock influence. Nara’s work spans a diverse range of media, from postcards to canvas paintings to three-dimensional sculptural works, and has acquired a cult-like following as varied as his methods. 

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Nara was born in Hirosaki, a village located in the northern prefecture of Aomori, Japan. After obtaining a Masters in Fine Arts from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Nagoya, Japan in 1987, Nara moved to Germany to study at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, from which he graduated in 1993.


Until 2000, Nara continued to live and work in Germany before returning to Japan, and is currently based out of Tokyo. Nara’s artwork primarily features depictions of children with oversized heads, in a style directly influenced by children’s book illustrations. His children are often sullen and angry, imbued with the angst and rebellion of Nara’s Punk rock influence. Nara’s work spans a diverse range of media, from postcards to canvas paintings to three-dimensional sculptural works, and has acquired a cult-like following as varied as his methods. 



Selected Public Collections:

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The British Museum, London, England
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Malaga, Spain



Selected Solo Exhibitions:

“Wonder Room” Space to Space, Nagoya, Japan, 1984
“Harmlos” Kinderspielhaus, Dusseldorf, Germany, 1991
“Pacific Babies” Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, California, USA, 1995
“No, They Didn’t” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 1999
“Walk On” the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA,2000
“Who Snatched the Babies?” CNEAI, Chatou, France, 2002
“From the Depth of My Drawer” Toured in Japan and Korea, 2004-2005
“Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool” Asia Society Museum, New York, 2010

SELECTED WORKS

INSTALLATION VIEWS

PRESS

How2work x Yoshitomo Nara
Press|Yoshitomo Nara x How2Work '123 Drumming Girls'
奈良美智特展
Press|Yoshitomo Nara special exhibition is upcoming in Taiwan
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Interview|Yoshitomo Nara Paints What He Hears
Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara:I'm still trying to figure out the meaning of life
VIDEO|Yoshitomo Nara: "I'm still trying to figure out the meaning of life"
LIFE IS ONLY ONE: YOSHITOMO NARA
PRESS|LIFE IS ONLY ONE: YOSHITOMO NARA
STUDIO VOICE
PRESS|STUDIO VOICE

EXHIBITION

Super Me|Gallery Collection

Super Me|Gallery Collection

Follow Gin To Voyage

Follow Gin To Voyage

Have Fun Together

Have Fun Together

Blossoming:Gallery Collection

Blossoming:Gallery Collection

What A Wonderful Day!

What A Wonderful Day!

Hyperspace|2017 Winter Collective Exhibition

Hyperspace|2017 Winter Collective Exhibition

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