Mr. (Japanese, b.1969), born Iwamoto Masakatu in Cupa, is a renowned Pop artist. Taking his alias from the nickname of the famous Japanese baseball player Shigeo Nagashima, Mr. mixes a cartoonish and innocent style with the Lolita-esque sexualization of his characters, mostly in the form of drawings, paintings, or sculptures. He attended the department of Fine Arts, Sokei Art School in Tokyo. In 1995, while still in school, he was discovered by Takashi Murakami and became of on his protégés. He joined Murakami’s art organization, Kaikai Kiki, where he is included in their exhibitions and also works as a staff member. In addition to painting and sculpture, Mr. has more recently forayed into photography, video, and Performance Art. He currently lives and works in Saitama, outside of Tokyo.
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