Yoshitomo Nara is a Japanese artist best known for his paintings of children and animals that appear simultaneously sweet and sinister. A contemporary of Takashi Murakami, Nara has been influenced by popular culture in both Eastern and Western society. His versatile practice explores themes of isolation, rebellion, and spirituality through printmaking, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and installations.
Born in 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan, Yoshitomo Nara studied at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, where he earned both his BFA and MFA, and later at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf during the late 1980s. He currently lives and works in Tokyo. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, among others.
To raise funds for social skateboarding projects benefiting at-risk youth, The Skateroom and Yoshitomo NARA bring you 3 time-limited editions featuring the artist’s trademark neo-pop visuals during a large solo exhibition at the LACMA (Los Angeles). This exhibition will also travel around the globe to the Yuz Museum (Shanghai, China), the Museo Guggenheim (Bilbao, Spain), and the Kunsthal (Rotterdam, Netherlands).
Through our collaborations with Yoshitomo Nara, we aim to raise $50,000 to fund the construction of Skateistan’s Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
Supported Social Project
Building a skatepark in Bamyan
Project by Skateistan