Yoshitomo NARA (1959)

Other possible identifications: after, attributed

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.


Last Wednesday, three marquee sales at Sotheby’s Hong Kong took a total of 221.8 million dollars, the highest amount ever achieved in a single evening at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. This spectacular total included the sale of an exceptional De Beers Blue Diamond that fetched 57.5 million dollars, one of the highest prices ever paid for […]

  On 15 March, Christie’s hosted a new auction format based on the success of the last four sales devoted to Banksy limited editions, all entitled I can’t believe you morons actually buy this sh*t. Last year’s session, on the same date, generated a record total of $6.1 million. This latest session – once again […]

In the first half of 2021 Sotheby’s posted a spectacular total of HK $1.3 billion ($167 million) from its Hong Kong Modern Art sales, a new record for Sotheby’s in Asia. Christie’s, for its part, posted a clear turnover increase on its HK fine art sales during H1 2021, with a significant evolution in the […]

In the first semester of 2021 the art auction market managed to recover all of its dynamism. If all goes well, the art fairs which will resume in September. They will, however, have to contend with a substantially modified market characterised by the sensational arrival of NFTs and sky-high prices for works by very young […]

Cy GAVIN (born 1985) is originally from Pennsylvania, south of Pittsburgh. As a youngster, he was passionate about art and spent a lot of time in the Carnegie Museum of Art, which he sneaked into by a passage through the library, and then through the basements of the museum, not having the means to pay […]