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b. 1969, Japan

Mr. Biography

Mr. (b. 1969, Cupa, Japan) graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Sokei Art School in Tokyo in 1996. Mr.'s work simultaneously studies and partakes in otaku, the Japanese "cute" subculture marked by fetishistic obsession with young adolescents, technology, sci-fi literature, manga, anime, and video games. Like his fellow Superflat artists, Mr. approaches the visual language of manga as a means of examining Japanese culture at large, fusing high and low forms of contemporary expression. Mr.'s paintings play with the hyper-sexualized portrayal of young women prevalent in otaku; know in Japan as "lolicon," the term is originally shorthand for "Lolita Complex" but in usage has come to refer to the otaku preference for explicitly fictional young girls.

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Mr. has exhibited internationally in both group and solo exhibitions including the acclaimed 2005 exhibition Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture, Japan Society, New York; RED HOT: Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas (2007); KRAZY! The Delerious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (2008); Animate, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan (2009); Exhibition Kyoto-Tokyo: From Samurais to Mangas, Grimaldi Forum (2010); Leeahn Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2010). Mr.'s work is represented in numerous public and private collections worldwide. The artist lives and works in Saitama, just outside of Tokyo, Japan.

Chiho Aoshima, Poke-chan, Warm and Fuzzy (2020). Ceramic. 30 × 20 × 36 cm. ©2020 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.

Mr. Featured Artworks

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The song that never ends by Mr. contemporary artwork
Mr.The song that never ends, 2020Offset print
65 x 65 cm
Gin Huang Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Mr. contemporary artwork
Mr.Untitled, 2012Acrylic on mattress
100.33 x 193.4 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Izakaya Totoro by Mr. contemporary artwork
Mr.Izakaya Totoro, 2016Watercolour, pen and pencil on paper
23 x 17.5 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
On a Pedestrian Overpass by Mr. contemporary artwork
Mr.On a Pedestrian Overpass, 2016Watercolour, pen and pencil on paper
21 x 29.7 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Mom Is Late Coming Home by Mr. contemporary artwork
Mr.Mom Is Late Coming Home, 2016Watercolour, pen and pencil on paper
24.2 x 17.5 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Untitled by Mr. contemporary artwork
Mr.Untitled, 2018Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood panel
90 x 113 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
I Wanna Go to the Matsuri by Mr. contemporary artwork
Mr.I Wanna Go to the Matsuri, 2017Watercolor, pen, and pencil on paper
23.3 x 17.5 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
At the Shoe Locker by Mr. contemporary artwork
Mr.At the Shoe Locker, 2016watercolor and pencil on paper
21.5 x 17.5 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery

Mr. Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Healing at Perrotin, Seoul
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23 July–4 September 2020 Group Exhibition Healing PerrotinSeoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Group Show at Perrotin, Seoul
24 September–26 October 2019 Group Show PerrotinSeoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Mr., Mr.'s Melancholy Walk Around the Town at Perrotin, Paris
19 January–9 March 2019 Mr. Mr.'s Melancholy Walk Around the Town PerrotinParis

Mr. Represented By

Gin Huang Gallery contemporary art gallery in Taichung City, Taiwan Gin Huang Gallery Taichung City
Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 536 West 22nd Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, Seoul
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo

Mr. In Ocula Magazine

Rachel Lehmann Ocula Conversation Rachel Lehmann By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Rachel Lehmann is not only one half of the gallery powerhouse that is Lehmann Maupin, but she is also an international citizen of the world. Lehmann was born in Asmara, Ethiopia, and studied at the University of Fribourg in France. She worked at the legendary Sonnabend Gallery in New York, and was the proprietor of two contemporary galleries in...

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Mr. In Related Press

Japanese Artist Mr.: "I Don't Interact With The Brighter Side Of Life” Related Press Japanese Artist Mr.: "I Don't Interact With The Brighter Side Of Life” 14 September 2018, Hong Kong Tatler

With its cast of big-eyed, childlike "kawaii" characters, Mr.'s art may appear playful and carefree—but there's a darkness that lurks behind the 49-year-old Japanese artist's paintings.

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