Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi  Kusama

Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, about 100 miles northwest of Tokyo, in 1929 to an upper-middle-class merchant family. Kusama's childhood was difficult: her parents' marriage was strained, and she developed hallucinations and suicidal ideas at a young age. Her art, she claims, has been a expression of her tumultuous mental state as well as a cathartic gesture. Kusama came to Tokyo in the early 1950s after briefly attending art school, where she had several solo exhibitions of her paintings. She moved to the United States in 1957, residing in New York City.

She became immersed in the New York avant-garde and Pop Art scenes during her time there. She coordinated Happenings, which often involved naked people painted with polka-dots and posed as anti-Vietnam War rallies, in addition to her paintings and giant soft sculptures. She founded the Kusama Fashion Company, which produced an extravagant line of apparel that she frequently wore at occasions. In 1973, Kusama returned to Read More chevron_right