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Below are biographies and analysis of the achievements of Japanese artists. We are adding more artists every week, so stay tuned as the most important artists in modern art are given proper coverage.

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Japanese: 6 of 353 Total Artists

Japanese Painter and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, Process Art, Post-Minimalism

Born: December 24, 1932 - Kariya, Japan

Died: July 10, 2014 - New York, NY

On Kawara was a contemporary Japanese-American artist that gained wide acclaim for his conceptual and meticulously executed series of works - the near-daily creation of which he maintained for many decades.


Japanese Painter, Sculptor, Photographer, Installation, Performance, and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminist Art, Performance Art

Born: 1929

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese multimedia artist, best-known for her awe-inspiring and captivating installations of polka dots and psychedelic colors. Through her installations, poetry, paintings, performances, and film she importantly contributed to many of the post-war art movements.


Japanese Painter, Sculptor, Installation artist, Curator, Art Critic, and Cultural Entrepreneur

Movements and Styles: Superflat, Neo Pop Art

Born: February 1, 1962 - Tokyo, Japan

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami draws on Japanese popular culture to create his anime-like style he calls Superflat, notable for its flat planes of bright color. He uses and abuses the confluence between high and low art, producing both commercial luxury goods, cheap trinkets, and fine art.


American Sculptor and Designer

Movements and Styles: Surrealism, Social Realism

Born: November 17, 1904 - Los Angeles, California

Died: December 30, 1988 - New York, New York

Isamu Noguchi was a Japanese-American modern artist. Best known for his organic, biomorphic sculpture works, Noguchi was also a furniture designer and landscape artist.


Japanese-American Conceptual and Performance Artist, and Musician

Movements and Styles: Happenings, Fluxus, Performance Art, Conceptual Art

Born: February 18, 1933 - Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese-American artist, musician, author, and peace activist, known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking as well as her marriage to the lendary John Lennon. Ono was highly succcesful iin bringing feminism to the forefront of the art world through her performance and conceptual pieces.


Japanese-American Photographer

Movements and Styles: Modern Photography, Conceptual Art

Born: February 23, 1948 - Tokyo, Japan

Sugimoto explores abstract concepts, such as time, vision, and belief, through meticulously balanced, conceptual photographs of itself.

Japanese: 6 of 353 Total Artists