JUDGES

We are pleased to announce the judges and reviewers of this year's UNKNOWN ASIA. Specialists who are active in the forefront of art and creative industry come to this art fair this year from inside and outside of the country. The judges will vote for the Grand Prix. In addition, each judge will prepare personal prizes and supplementary prizes and will support the winners.

  • Ryo Takahashi

    DMOARTS, digmeout, UNKNOWN ASIA, FM802, FM COCOLO Gallery Director, Art Producer

    PROFILE

    Born in 1988 in Osaka, he is the producer of "digmeout", an art project for FM802 / FM COCOLO. He has been involved in many art direction projects for clients. He is also the director of the art gallery DMOARTS. In 2015, he launched the Osaka-based art fair "UNKNOWN ASIA" and is a member of its Executive Committee. In 2018, he became the executive producer of "UNKNOWN ASIA”. And in 2020, he will launch "DELTA", a new art fair in Osaka.

  • COMMENT

    AWARD

    I will provide opportunities to work with award-winning artists, such as exhibiting their works in accordance with their features and using their visuals for promotions.


  • Takeshi Ishikawa

    Skeleton Crew Studio / UNKNOWN ASIA Studio Manager / Producer

    PROFILE

    For 20 years as a faculty member at a design school, involved in department and school management, new department establishment, student guidance, industry-academia collaboration, etc. Joined SkeletonCrewStudio, Inc. in 2017, involved in VR/AR and other development. In addition, he has been a board member of the UNKNOWNASIA executive committee since 2015 to launch the art fair, creative coordinator of government facilities and event planning, management staff of indie game event BitSummit, and producer of Kyoto Prefecture's XR promotion project. As an artist, he has been widely active in the production of artworks and the development of natto.

  • COMMENT

    How will they confront the turbulent times and what kind of works will they come up with? We are very much looking forward to meeting the artists who will be our guideposts for the coming era!

    AWARD

    Skeleton Crew Studio Exhibition at the new office ODEN-Gallery. Consultation with artists and support for their activities.


  • NOBORU TSUBAKI

    KYOTO UNIVERSITY OF ARTS Professor

    PROFILE

  • COMMENT

    AWARD


  • Subaru Matsukura

    Nue inc

    PROFILE

  • COMMENT

    AWARD


  • RYOICHI MATSUO

    TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY president

    PROFILE

    Established in 1992 in Tezukayama, Osaka and started as a gallery that introduce contemporary art works from other countries. In 2006, we started our primaly sector and participated sevral art fiars not only in Japan but also in other countires and introducing Japanese high quality work. We moved to Minamihorie(current location) in 2010, and we opend VIEWING ROOM in 2016 and presenting/curating our exhibitions in these spaces.

  • COMMENT

    I have been participating as a judge since the 1st UNKNOWN ASIA and met sevral talented artists. There are some artists who are flourishing now as well. I am hoping to see the new encounter this year.

    AWARD

    I will plan an exhibition at our gallery.


  • Masahiko Murakami

    Skeleton Crew Studio, Inc. CEO

    PROFILE

    Born in Shiga Prefecture in 1980. After graduating from a Japanese design college in 2002, he moved to the United States. Mr, Murakami graduated from the San Francisco Academy of Art University Illustration Department in 2007. He was involved in multiple game titles as a concept artist before moving back to Japan in 2009. From there, he joined VITEI as an artist and went on to become CEO of VITEI BACKROOM in 2015. Afterwards, he created Skeleton Crew Studio, Inc. in 2016 where he pushed ahead through new challenges in various fields such as VR, AR, and other game development.

  • COMMENT

    With the advancement of technology, many things are becoming digital. Now, with the advent of NFT, the value of digital art, previously difficult to recognize, has started to evolve as well. As these values continue to change, what are artists thinking, and what do they express? I am looking forward to meeting many new possibilities at UNKNOWN ASIA.

    AWARD

    Producing artists' activities e.g. Solo exhibition opportunities Collaboration opportunities with entertainment companies


  • Hiro Sugiyama

    Enlightenment

    PROFILE

  • COMMENT

    AWARD


  • Sae Shimai-Cardonnel

    MUZ ART PRODUCE

    PROFILE

  • COMMENT

    AWARD


  • Taketo Oguchi

    SHIFT Magazine Founder / Editor in chief

    PROFILE

    SHIFT is an online magazine about culture and the creative industries, namely art, design, fashion, music and multimedia. Our magazine provides in-depth articles, such as interviews, exhibition/event reports, publications reviews, in three versions (Japanese, English, Chinese). Launched in November 1996.

  • COMMENT

    AWARD

    Interview on SHIFT Magazine


  • ODA EMIRI

    tv asahi corporation co-director,strategy,business planning & manegement department / FUTURE TALENT PORT Project member

    PROFILE

  • COMMENT

    AWARD


  • Nanako Yamamoto

    SCÈNE Owner,Director

    PROFILE

    Since 2016, Nanako Yamamoto has organized exhibitions at the art salon SCÈNE in Minami Aoyama, curated art for restaurants, hotels and offices in Japan and abroad, provided art consultancy for companies and collectors, and designed interiors for restaurants and living spaces. In 2020,SCÈNE launched the art e-commerce site Dear Art, which introduces artworks and artists online with a carefully curated selection under the theme of 'Making life with art more accessible and reaching more people'.

  • COMMENT

    This is my first time to participate in UNKNOWN ASIA as a jury member. With the emergence of new trends such as NFT, the boundaries between the international and domestic markets are blurring, and the "bubble" of contemporary art in Japan is about to burst, I feel every day that we are entering an age in which more and more genuine power is required than ever before. I'm sincerely look forward to meeting artists who navigate and shine strongly in these times.

    AWARD

    The winner may be invited to participate in exhibitions at SCÈNE and other venues, be commissioned to install artworks in our art curation spaces, and be featured on an art curation e-commerce site, Dear Art.


  • Koji Kobayashi

    LampLighters Label

    PROFILE

  • COMMENT

    AWARD