Born 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan.
Lives and works in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
Yoshitomo Nara had an extraordinarily lonely childhood. He spent long periods on his own, drawing endlessly and watching Japanese anime and American cartoons and, during his teenage years, developed a passion for rock'n'roll and punk music. These early preoccupations continue to influence his work, which also has affinities with Manga and the Japanese cult of kawaii, or cuteness.
"My characters are all self-portraits in a way. But the emotions that I feel can, of course, be universal. Often the characters are representations of me but they are also representations of the countless others who identify with them."
My Drawing Room, (bedroom included), 2008
Courtesy: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo/Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
© Yoshitomo Nara 2009
Photo by Keizo Kioku
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21 JANUARY 2012
|Love the style!|
28 MARCH 2010
|I really felt like I was able to relte to that part. It so much!!|
09 MARCH 2010
|nara-ice:)...i get it nice nice|
09 MARCH 2010
|i like it.....i like it a lot|
04 SEPTEMBER 2009
|The hut was my favourite part of the whole exhibition! It was so beautiful in there and it really seemed like a troubled child had been living there, love the character too :) LOVE LOVE LOVE!|
23 AUGUST 2009
|cute cute cute !!!|
22 AUGUST 2009
|his picture is like , uh...a childa sweet dreama my mind a one's secretjust him|
21 AUGUST 2009
|i love the way he uses the same anime character but chooses to draw different moods and accessiories. i loved the exhibition|
31 JULY 2009
|I love his work its brilliant!|
12 JULY 2009
|If possible, love to go to UK...but now I'm a poor working woman. Nara and Yayoi, those two names are in my heart, too.|
09 JULY 2009
|I love the japanese artists Yoshitomo Nara and Yayoi Kusama. Two fantastic names, two fantastic generations!|
07 JULY 2009
|Oh I love Yoshitomo Nara's little girls - they are sweet, cute & menacing all at the same time. Tried to find his cafe in Tokyo, but my map was rubbish and I ran out of time - regrets!|