Takashi Murakami (1963) is a Japanese Neo Pop-Art artist from Itabashi, he works and lives in Tokyo and New York. His art seeks to break the barriers between low and high art, using imagery that’s inspired by Manga and Anime figures. In 1996 he created the Hiropan Factory reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s The Factory, where his assistants cooperate with him on his artworks. Time placed Murakami in its list of 100 most influential people in 2008. He was the only visual artist that made the list.