Yayoi Kusama, a contemporary Japanese artist, channels her creative energy across various mediums including painting, sculpture, film, and installation. Her body of work is characterized by repetitive dots, pumpkins, and mirrors, which form a cohesive visual language. Reflecting on her artistic philosophy, Kusama once remarked, “With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars.”

Born on March 22, 1929, in Matsumoto City, Japan, Kusama’s artistic journey began with studying painting in Kyoto before she ventured to New York in 1958. Amidst the circles of Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, Kusama’s unique artistic vision unfolded, drawing inspiration from childhood hallucinations to create evocative paintings and groundbreaking installations like the Infinity Mirror Room (1965). Despite initial success, struggles with mental health prompted her return to Japan in the 1970s, where she lived in relative obscurity.

However, Kusama’s resurgence came in 1993 when she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale. The year 2017 marked a pivotal moment in her career with the inauguration of her museum in Tokyo and the debut of several major exhibitions worldwide, including “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and others in New York and Singapore.

Since 1977, Kusama has resided voluntarily at the Seiwa Mental Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. Her artworks grace the collections of esteemed institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, underscoring her enduring influence on the global art scene.

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