• Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is
sometimes called ‘the princess of polka
dots'. Although she makes lots of
different types of art – paintings,
sculptures, performances and
installations – they have one thing in
Information about her life
• She is considered one of most important
• She is a novelist and a poet too.
She is from
Can you find
on the map?
When she was ten ,
she started to paint
using polka dots, and
she created fantastic
• She loved drawing and painting and although
her parents didn't want her to be an artist, she
• When she could not afford to buy art
materials, she used mud and old sacks to
• Eventually Yayoi Kusama persuaded her
parents to let her go to art school and study
Yayoi Kusama, Untitled 1939, Pencil on
paper, 25 × 22 cm
This is a drawing
she made of her
mum when she
• She began his artistic career in the decade of
the fifties. Its beginnings were influence of
traditional Japanese painting.
In New York
• In the late 1950s she moved to New York .
• She had the first of many exhibitions there in
• She met and inspired important artists like
• Her art was a part of exciting art such as pop
art and minimalism..
• Returned to Japan in 1973. While continuing
to produce and show art works until now..
‘Our earth is only one polka dot among a
million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are
a way to infinity. When we obliterate
nature and our bodies with polka dots, we
become part of the unity of our
environment’. By Yayoi Kusama