Famous Artists from Japan

This list of popular Japanese artists includes biographical information and photos. For centuries, artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of expression. 

Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching, or drawing, the famous Japanese artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Japanese artists, such as when they were born and their place of birth.

Among the most well known Japanese artists are "Superflat" movement founder Takashi Murakami and psychedelic-style infinity room creator Yayoi Kusama. Perhaps the best  known Japanese woman artist is Yoko Ono, a multimedia artist, activist, and widow of former Beatle John Lennon. Other Japanese artist examples include Nobuyoshi Araki and Kou Yaginuma.

For further information on these historic artists from Japan, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover, use this list of celebrated Japanese artists to discover new work that you will enjoy. Make sure to also check out famous artists from South Korea and famous artists from Singapore.

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  • Yoko Ono
    Play it by Trust, My Mommy is Beautiful
    • Birthplace: Japan, Tokyo
    • Nationality: Japan
  • Yayoi Kusama
    No. F, Ascension of Polka Dots, No. IZ
    • Birthplace: Chūbu region, East Asia, Nagano Prefecture, Honshu, Asia
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Installation art, Painting, Drawing
    • Birthplace: East Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
  • Nobuyoshi Araki
    Untitled [Reticulated image of Buildings], [Nude Woman holding Bottle] from the series Pseudo-Reportage, Untitled [Young Woman in Elevator]
    • Birthplace: East Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan
    • Nationality: Japan
  • Yoshitomo Nara
    Light My Fire
    • Birthplace: Hirosaki, Japan
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting