HINJI MURAKAMI (born 1980, Osaka, Japan) uses his love of 8-bit video game expressions, simple vector lines and original childish drawing characters as a springboard into his own exciting world of story telling. In 2003 Shinji began creating 8-bit map works and street art, and is recently also making 3D-8Bit sculptures that give physical form to his flat 8-bit images.
The video game industry began mimicking reality using the limited sight expression of 8-bit design– two dimensional colored cubes combined to create figures made up of only their most identifying features. Making his creations pushes Murakami to contemplate not only the simplest expression of a subject, but the exact opposite of that process: the discovery of the most important lens through which to perceive the subject.
Shinji currently lives and works in New York.