Native of Tokyo, Japan, Takashi Murakami is a contemporary artist famous for constantly blurring the line between high and low art. Working in fine arts media of painting and sculpture, as well as more commercially-oriented areas of fashion, merchandise, and animation, Murakami regularly ventures into lucrative collaborations which have so far earned him over a $100 million. Starting with Louis Vuitton (on the invitation of Marc Jacobs), he went on to design the cover for Kanye West’s album Graduation as well as the animated music video for West's song Good Morning. His sculpture, a collaboration with Pharrell, sold for more than $2 million at Art Basel in Switzerland.
Featured image: Takashi Murakami - The Simple Things (collaboration with Pharrell Williams), 2008-2009 - image via kaikaikiki.co.jp