Yayoi Kusama in one of the most important alive artist of the contemporary art in the world. Born in Matsumoto in 1929, she studied deeply Nihonga’s style of painting, a technique developed during the Meiji period by the end of the XIX Century. Back then, her main interest was to increase the value of the easter painting’s style, an answer to the up-growing influence of the West in Japan.
In 1958 she moved to New York and started to weave a net of contacts with different experimental artists emerged in the post-war scene. Her first exhibitions in North America were based on the Net Paintings, pieces that exceeded the 10 meters of height. In these pieces was able to see a game of shapes and textures that all together created invigorating visual rhythms.
That is how Yayoi Kusama shaped an expressive language that placed the concept of the infinite as a central topic. This idea was quantified and deconstructed in different structures that emerged from the hand of this Japanese artist, in an estrangement from the abstract Minimalism which ruled in those times in the United States. The way of tackling sexuality was represented in phallic sculptures that later transformed in the basis of her environmental and sensorial installations.
During the 60s, Kusama was the main character of the provocative happenings and performances in the most symbolic places of New York, such as the Central Park, or the MoMA. Ten years later she came back to her natal country where she dedicated to the prose and poetry related to the rawness and the Surrealism, the techniques implemented in her visual works. It was in that period where she started to use mirrors in her installations, one of the most symbolic characteristics of her expressive language. Her fame had reached an international introduction.
Nowadays, Yayoi Kusama, exhibits actively around the world. Her work has been exhibited in museums such as the MoMa, The Venice Biennale, The museums Lille, and the main cultural facilities of Japan.