Japanese Contemporary Art is art created by young Japanese artists or post-war (after WWII) era Japanese art. Japanese contemporary art should not be confused with traditional Japanese art. The most important figure in Japanese contemporary art today is the Tokyo-based artist Takashi Murakami. Murakami is not just the biggest name in Japanese contemporary art, he is also one of the most well know, influential, and high priced contemporary artists in the world.
Japanese contemporary art is a mixture of modern and classic art styles, often including elements of Anime, Manga, or other popular culture. Japanese contemporary art is a stand of Japanese art that is best known for its combination of classic aesthetics from Japan’s long, tumultuous past, and its more recent accentuation of western cultural trends and styles. Classically, Japanese art sought the deeper spiritual roots of its subjects rather than the superficial appearances – however modern art has become more attached to these material possessions, creating in many ways a commentary on how the two intermingle.