Credit: The installation "The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended Into the Heavens" by Yayoi Kusama; Getty Images
The most famous Japanese avant-garde artist
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist known for her avant-garde work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, performance art, and installation art. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto City, Japan, Kusama began creating art at a young age and moved to New York City in 1958 to pursue her career. She quickly became a prominent figure in the art world, known for her use of polka dots and repetitive patterns. In 1973, she returned to Japan and was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which has greatly influenced her art. Kusama's work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world and is held in the collections of major museums worldwide.