I don't know anything about art, by the way, so if calling him "modern" is wrong, I apologize. I just mean that he's still alive.
A lot of his stuff is really weird and surreal, and it's heavily inspired by Japanese anime styles. You can tell just from looking at it.
Anyway, we really liked this piece:
|Pretty cool, huh?|
I also apologize because I don't know the names of any of these pieces and Google isn't being very helpful ...
While we're talking about Murakami, I'm going to show you this picture I found online of an exhibit he did in Versailles, France:
|This is one of the characters he's created, "Kiki"|