Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Contemporary Artist

Takashi Murakami is known for his “Superflat” style and is known as the “andy Warhol” of Japan. Murakami was recently featured alongside Andy Warhol at the BYU Museum of Art in a show called THINK FLAT: The Art of Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami:

Takashi Murakami

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has perpetuated this tradition by rejecting what society dictates as high or low in consumerism art.  He disempowers hierarchies, but more importantly his art comes with a discreet caution: infatuation with consumerism, stardom and virtual worlds has the potential to undermine one’s sense of reality and connection with human beings. Murakami’s work reveals the paradoxes inherent in our flat world as well as the inherent delights and perils.

Takashi Murakami is an internationally prolific contemporary Japanese artist. Wikipedia

  • Born: February 1, 1962 (age 51), Tokyo
  • Spouse: Kayo Murakami
  • Education: Tokyo University of the Arts
  • Movies: Star Watching Dog
  • Periods: Pop art, Superflat, Contemporary

Class Critique

What elements and principles are used? Composition Rules? Are there shapes and forms? What is the subject? What does it communicate and HOW? Break it down into Elements, Principles and Composition.


  • Line
  • Shape
  • Value
  • Form
  • Texture
  • Color
  • Space


  • Balance
  • Emphasis
  • Repetition/Pattern
  • Scale-Proportion
  • Unity/Variety
  • Contrast
  • Movement


  • Fill Frame
  • Rule of 3rds
  • Triangle/Circle
  • Frame in a Frame
  • Leading Lines
  • Rhythm
  • Positive/Neg Space

Photos and Videos

Other Resources



Takashi Murakami – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Takashi Murakami on artnet

MURAKAMI | MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Takashi Murakami – Page – Interview Magazine