I created the image visual for Asia-ARVO 2015. Since the ophthalmologist Dr. Tsubota is the chairman of the conference, I decided to make the characteristic brightness of the eyes and of Asia as the themes of the illustration. Since I was a child, I have been interested in works which featured many “eyes.” For me, works with eyes as the subject were an experimental attempt. My work may have achieved success because it ran counter to the idea of existentialism. My work pleads, “You are here.”
Born in Tokyo in 1962, Murakami is a contemporary artist whose work activities span the globe. He is also known as the originator of the "Superflat" theory. He is famous worldwide for his collaborations with Louis Vuitton (Paris) and the Musician Kanye West.
The ©MURAKAMI large-scale exhibition spanning three countries and four locations started its world tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In April 2008, the exhibition moved to Brooklyn Museum and toured Frankfurt MMK in October. The tour ended at Guggenheim Museaum, Bilbao in February 2009. The exhibition was also part of other large-scale exhibits such as Punta della Dogana (Venice) and Tate Modern. Murakami was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's one hundred most influential persons in 2008. His private exhibition held at the Versailles in 2010 gained worldwide attention.
1993 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, P.h.D
1988 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, M.F.A.
1986 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, B.F.A.
In Japan:
  2003     Special Award, 46th Japan Fashion Editor Club (FEC) Awards
2004     Les Compagnons du Beaujolais, Honorary Knighthood
2004     Tag Heuer Business Award
2006     11th AMD Awards, Prize of Recognition (Digital Contents of The Year'05)
56th Educational Minister Rookie of the Year, Awarded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs for the Advancement of Art
2008     GQ Men of the Year 2008 Award
  1994-95   Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, P.S.1 International Studio Program
1998    Visiting Professor, School of Art and Architecture, UCLA, Los Angeles
2005     Culture and Art Award (New York/Japan Society)
2006     Best Exhibit Award 2006 (New York/AICA)

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