b. 1959
  • Japan
Turnover 2023
$USD 81.603.478
Record Sale
$USD 24.949.674

Hailing from Hirosaki, Japan, Yoshitomo Nara’s formative years within the backdrop of post-war culture significantly molded his artistic trajectory. Nara’s signature style showcases ostensibly innocent and childlike figures often juxtaposed with enigmatic or disquieting expressions. His portfolio of paintings, drawings, and sculptures encapsulates a duality of emotions, delving into themes of isolation, vulnerability, and the human experience. 
Following his education in Japan, Nara embarked on his artistic odyssey, which took him through Germany and the United States, where he encountered a diverse array of influences. His creations seamlessly weave together elements of Japanese pop culture, anime, punk aesthetics, and contemporary art, resulting in a captivating amalgamation of cultural references. Nara’s compositions establish an immediate connection with viewers, evoking emotions spanning from nostalgia to contemplation. His subjects, typically featuring children or animals, transcend age, culture, and linguistic boundaries, constructing a universally relatable narrative.

Throughout his illustrious career, Nara’s oeuvre has graced the walls of prestigious galleries and museums across the globe. His artwork has commanded significant attention in the art market, solidifying his stature as a prominent figure in the realm of contemporary art. Yoshitomo Nara’s artistic journey endures, resonating with audiences on a global scale as he adeptly captures the intricacies of human emotions within the simplicity of his imagery.


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Yoshitomo NARA (1959)
Knife Behind Back (2000)

234 x 208 cm

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Contemporary Art Evening Sale
06 oct 2019



Lot # 1142
Hammer price: $ 21,673,640 (HKD 170,000,000 )
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 24,949,674 (HKD 195,696,000 )


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