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Takeshi Murata Biography

An early adopter of computer-generated imaging (CGI), Los Angeles-based Takeshi Murata constructs hand-drawn animations, highly fabricated wall reliefs, digital still-lifes, and video installations to accentuate the defects and broken codes of film, advertising, and pop culture. Often drawing on the language of early emoticons and emojis, Murata’s slick allegorical works embrace and exploit the psychology of shared cultural references embedded in objects, images, and symbols.

Takeshi Murata (b. 1974, Chicago) earned a BFA in Film/Video/Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. Murata has works currently on view in After Us, curated by Lauren Cornell, at the K11 Art Foundation in Shanghai and will be featured in the forthcoming exhibition, I Was Raised on the Internet, curated by Omar Kholeif at the MCA Chicago. Murata has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; MALBA, Buenos Aires (both 2016); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012); Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (both 2011); The New Museum, New York (2010); The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (both 2007); Ratio 3 (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2017), San Francisco; and Salon 94, New York (2012 and 2014). Murata lives and works in Los Angeles.