Nara Yoshitomo

  • Born 1959 in Aomori, Japan.
  • Based in Tochigi, Japan.

After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from Aichi University of the Arts in Nagakute, Japan, Nara moved to Germany. He began his career during the decade he spent in Cologne, and from the mid-1990s exhibited widely in Europe, the United States, Japan, and other Asian countries. While he is primarily a painter, his practice also encompasses drawing; sculptures made of wood, fibre-reinforced plastic, ceramic, and bronze; installations that incorporate scrap materials; and photographs that document everyday landscapes and encounters he has during his travels.

Naraʼs work is in the collections of museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the National Gallery, London.

  • Fountain of Life, 2001/2014
  • Yoshitomo Nara for better or worse Works: 1987-2017, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2017
  • © Yoshitomo Nara Photo: Mie Morimoto