Yoshitomo Nara

Born 1959, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Lives and works in Tochigi, Japan.



Yoshitomo Nara’s images reference a world inhabited by children and animals, often brandishing weapons, frequently irritated and angry, but also vulnerable and sad. Nara’s iconography exhibits the significant influence of Japanese Manga and Anime, as well as punk rock and pop music. Nara’s work is included in the collections of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Japan, The Aomori Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan, The Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan, Museum of Art and Design, Nurnberg, Germany, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Japan, and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.