|Takashi Murakami made his debut as a modern artist with the 1991 solo exhibition "Takashi, Tamiya."
In 1994 he was invited to New York to participate in the P.S.1 International Studio Program on a fellowship grant from the Rockefeller Foundation Asian Cultural Council, and founded his N.Y. studio during this stay.
He returned to Japan the following year and founded the HIRPON FACTORY in Asaka City, Saitama, as a production studio to help create his own
works, as well as nurture and handle production for young artists
In 1998 he was invited to join the New Genre curriculum of the UCLA art
department as guest professor.