The Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura was born in Osaka on June 11, 1951 and graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1978. He has shown his works in many group and solo exhibitions. So far, he has been producing photographs and films for more than 30 years. By appropriating many works, he has japanised many iconic figures of the West.
In addition to appropriating works of many artists such as Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh and Diego Velázquez in the history of art, he has also taken today’s well-known historical events and popular culture as his major focus. By inserting his own face and body into his works, he becomes the main character.
His works were exhibited in important places such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1992), the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jouy-en-Josas (1993), the Harta Art Museum in Tokyo (1994), New York Guggenheim Museum (1994), Yokohama Museum of Art (1996), the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2006), and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2007) in Sydney.
In 1996, he was nominated for the Hugo Boss Award. His works are exhibited in many museums and private collections.
Please click here to read the interview with Yasumasa Morimura we had in 2017.