Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan. Yayoi Kusama has established a reputation as one of the most prolific and important Japanese artists from the postwar to contemporary period. Originally having trained in traditional Nihonga painting, she moved to the United States in 1957 and went on to establish a reputation as an influential player in the postmodern New York art scene. She is recognised as a historically important artist for her innovative approaches to Minimal abstraction, pop art, and performance. Her works deal with highly personal and often provocative themes such as obsession, trauma, transcendence, and sexuality. She returned to Japan in 1973 and has continued to produce and show artworks alongside a successful activity as a novelist and poet. Over a career spanning over 7 decades, her output spans a diverse media such as paintings, happenings, sculptures, literary works, films, fashion, and public art, which she continues to vary and experiment with to the present day. Kusama lives and works in Tokyo.