Shinji Murakami, ‘Horse (Black)’, 2016, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery

About Shinji Murakami

Shinji Murakami’s sculptures are inspired by the work of Pop such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as by technological pioneers including Apple’s Steve Jobs and Gunpei Yokoi, who invented the Nintendo Game Boy. The original version of the handheld video-game device used an 8-bit pixel display system; Murakami is known for three-dimensional renderings of these flat, digital bytes that he makes using resolutely analog materials like wood and ink. The works may depict technology that is now long-outdated, but they nevertheless retain a futuristic air.

Japanese, b. 1980, Osaka, Japan, based in Brooklyn, New York