Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929. She was the youngest of 4 children and had a difficult childhood. Art was her way to deal with the challenges she faced throughout her life. She studied art in Japan but because of cultural restraints, she studied very ancient techniques. Yayoi longed to create outside of those boundaries, so she left home and moved to New York. There, she flourished and gained notoriety and was able to create her own art without any judgement. Her legacy continues to inspire many.