Yoshitomo NARA (1959)

Other possible identifications: attributed, after

Born in 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan, Yoshitomo Nara obtained his master’s degree in fine arts from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, and studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf in the 1980s and 1990s.

On his return to Japan he studied the Japanese neo-pop movement alongside Takashi Murakami. Under the apparent innocence his paintings of animals and children painted with big eyes in the manga style remind us of Margaret Keane’s paintings, the characters often have a hateful gaze or a weapon in their hand. One example: Knife Behind Back, sold for a staggering $ 24.9m, at Sotheby’s on October 6, 2019.

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