Born in 1929 in Nagano, Japan, Yayoi Kusama is one of the leading figures in the Japanese avant-garde movement. Although she’s widely known as a sculptor and painter, Kusama is also an installation artist, photographer, novelist, performance artist, and conceptual artist.
She moved to the U.S. in 1957 and rose to fame in the New York art scene in the 1960s. She performed thought-provoking Happenings and exhibited immersive sculptures with pumpkins, polka dots, and lights. Kusama not only elevated pop and feminist art but also influenced famous artists like Andy Warhol. Her work has been exhibited at the MoMA and Tate Modern.