YOSHITOMO Nara was born in 1959 in Aomori, Japan. In 1987, he completed the master’s program at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. Nara traveled to Germany and enrolled in Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in 1988 and received his Meisterschuler under A.R.PENCK. He lived and worked in Cologne from 1994 to 2000, before returning to Japan.

Nara works are mostly of painting of children with glaring, challenging expressions, which won critical acclaim and international popularity. His works are often inspired by the visual vocabulary of Japanese manga and anime, his own childhood experiences and Western media culture. His works inspires optimism and encourages the viewer to look for hope.

In 1998, he had the experience of serving as a guest professor for three-month period at UCLA, together with Takashi Murakami. Nara has exhibited extensively around the world, he also have works in the collections of prestigious institutions such as Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

He now works and lives in Tokyo, Japan.