Yayoi Kusama Japanese, b. 1929


The nine decades of Yayoi Kusama's life have taken her from rural Japan to the New York art scene to contemporary Tokyo, in a career in which she has continuously innovated and re-invented her style. Well-known for her repeating dot patterns, her art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including paintingdrawingsculpture, film, performance and immersive installation. It ranges from works on paper featuring intense semi-abstract imagery, to soft sculpture known as 'Accumulations', to her 'Infinity Net' paintings, made up of carefully repeated arcs of paint built up into large patterns. Since 1977 Kusama has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric institution, and much of her work has been marked with obsessiveness and a desire to escape from psychological trauma. In an attempt to share her experiences, she creates installations that immerse the viewer in her obsessive vision of endless dots and nets or infinitely mirrored space.

Credit: Bio, TATE, Tate.org

  • Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin (Yellow) , 1997
    Yayoi Kusama
    Pumpkin (Yellow) , 1997
  • Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin (Yellow) , 1991
    Yayoi Kusama
    Pumpkin (Yellow) , 1991
  • Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin (Red) , 1990
    Yayoi Kusama
    Pumpkin (Red) , 1990