Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Matsumoto City) works across painting, sculpture, film, and installation. Best known for her body of work, unified through the use of repetitive dots, and motifs such as pumpkins and flowers, Kusama saw her work as a means of "pursuing the philosophy of the universe through art". Kusama studied painting in Kyoto, before moving to New York in 1958, soonafter exhibiting the first of her Infinity Nets series, and staging happenings. She found success with her paintings, performance art, and installations such as the Infinity Mirror Room. In the 1970s, however, she returned to Japan, citing mental health issues, and faded from public view. However, a number of retrospectives in the late 1980s and 1990s revived interest in her work. Most notably, Kusama went on to represent Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1993. Soonafter, she went on to create more works and site-specific installations in various institutions around the world. In 2018, Kusama inaugurated her museum in Tokyo. Significant exhibitions of her work have been held at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., the National Gallery Singapore, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, The Broad, Los Angeles, amongst many others. Her works can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and others.