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Angry Little Girl

Yoshitomo Nara was born in 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan. The Japanese artist lives and works in Tokyo and received his B.F.A. and M.F.A from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. Since 1984, Nara has had over 40 solo exhibitions and is represented by several prestigious galleries around the world. As one of the leading artists of Japan’s Neo Pop art scene, Nara is known for his deceptively simple illustrations of children and animals. Although his work does not seem complicated, Nara’s artwork is unique because beneath all the colors and visual outline of his works, Nara is able to convey a message that causes the audience to elicit personal emotions and feelings. In many of Nara’s works, we see cute little girls holding weapons and dangerous items, which represents the feelings of helplessness and isolation experienced in our society today.