Are you a Nara fan? Is that a character’s name? Yoshitomo Nara  is a Japanese artist. Yoshitomo Nara Yoshitomo Nara was born in 1959 in Hirosaki, a city known for its traditional Edo Period (1603-1868) architecture and cherry blossom trees. He is the youngest of three boys, he spent much of his free time lost in Japanese comic books. In his teens, Nara moved to Nagakute to study art at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, eventually leaving Japan for Germany in 1988. After 12 years in Germany, Nara returned to Japan to pursue a career as a painter. In his work, he began fusing elements from his past; he painted portraits of children with facial features adopted from traditional Japanese Otafuku* theatrical masks, and in poses lifted from the anime  and manga. Around 2001, Nara became associated with an avant-garde group of Japanese artists known as Superflat*, which also included Takashi Murakami and Chiho Aoshima. Nara has been exhibited all over the world. His reputation outside of Asia had already been cemented by a major 2010 show at New York’s Asia Society, Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool. In his native Japan, Nara’s figures have become instantly recognisable. Today, his images of children from the early 2000s are considered among his most important works, while his simplest compositions often command the highest prices. In a 2015 interview Nara said, ‘Humans might have a common personality based on the town and environment they were raised in, to some extent, but you shouldn’t be able to judge people under the same standard.’ In a 2016 Ocula magazine interview He said. “I am just trying to express individual things, so for people keen to understand things on that level my work will probably resonate. Basically my approach is that it doesn’t matter if there is an audience out there. Even if I knew there would be no one out there to look at my work, I would still make the exact same thing.” Hi Nara you are so cute~ You didn't  listen to me? That’s not  its name!

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