Takashi Murakami's work is iconic for its candylike colors and anime-esque aesthetic. Often featuring playful imagery like smiling flowers, oversized, blinking eyes, and Technicolor mushrooms, Murakami has often been referred to as 'Warhol's heir' in his ability to appropriate commercial, popular images inspired by anime and manga (Japanese comics) into high-quality pieces of fine art.
Murakami's output is highly informed by the Japanese art-historical tradition. The founder of the postmodern art movement "Superflat" (which combines the graphic practices of contemporary Japanese culture with the flattening print and painting traditions of its rich past) Murakami has pioneered an aesthetic that has been taken up by numerous followers and is himself regarded almost as colorful as his works.
Murakami has achieved recognition as one of the most prominent contemporary artists of his time, and his work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions at museums and art institutions throughout the world.