Yayoi Kusama studied Nihonga painting, a rigorous formal style developed during the Meiji period (1868-1912). She lived and worked in New York City in the 1960s. She produced large paintings, soft sculptures and environmental sculptures using mirrors and electric lights. She was the first woman artist from Asia to have a connection with the feminist movement. Kusama, however, has never acknowledged that her work is part of this chiefly Western movement. She can be seen more as a predecessor to the new aesthetic of hermaphroditism that developed in contemporary art at the end of the 20th century. She empowered herself with an infinite imagination that goes beyond the dichotomous conception of gender. In the early 1970s Kusama returned to Japan where she began writing surrealistic novels, short stories and poetry. Yayoi Kusama was born in Nagano, Japan, in 1929. She now lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
Source: Bremer, Stanley, Victoria Lu, and Edward K. de Bock. 2011. Future pass. Rotterdam: Wereldmuseum.