UNKNOWN ASIA Art Exchange Osaka 2019

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.

  • HIROAKI SHONO

    vision track CEO

    PROFILE

    Born in 1969. Artists agent vision track representative. Established the Asian creative platform “ubies in 2011. Published Asian creators 150 people to heat up the world by PIE International in 2013.Produced ACN sponsored ・ ASIAN CREATIVE AWARDS”in 2014 1000 spirited creators from Asia gathered more than 3000 works. ACN members.

  • COMMENT

    Let's across border with us!

    AWARD

    I will make products, for example T-shirts, iPhone case and so on and sell them through ubies.


  • Pahparn Sirima Chaipreechawit

    Independent Photographer, Curator, Producer, Nike Thailand Ambassador

    PROFILE

    Debut into the art circle as the Creative Manager of The Jam Factory where she was also the Gallery Director and the Co Founder/ Editor of "The Jam Mag." Magazine. She is also the Founder and Curator of the “Art Ground” festival, a well known Art Fair in Bangkok. In another role that she is respected for, Sirima is also a Street Photographer. She is a member of Street Photo Thailand.

  • COMMENT

    -

    AWARD

    The opportunity to organise an exhibition will be provide at the winners.


  • Miss Kanoknuch Sillapawisawakul

    PRACTICAL Design Studio Co-founder, Partner and Design Director of PRACTICAL Design Studio / Founder of WRAP IT Workshop / Lecturer / Creator / Curator / Committee of Thai Graphic Designer Association (ThaiGa)

    PROFILE

    Kanoknuch Sillapawisawakul is one of the founders of PRACTICAL Design Studio, Kanoknuch has been instrumental in initiating and creating studio-wide works and activities since its inception. She frequently guest lectures at multiple universities and organizations. She has been invited to participate as an artist, designer, curator, and judge both in Thailand and abroad. She has been committee of Thai Graphic Designer Association (ThaiGa). In 2015, Kanoknuch was named Designer of the Year in the Emerging Graphic Design category from Silpakorn University and Thailand Institute of Design and Innovation Promotion, Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce. She also runs her own workshop “Wrap It” dedicated to teaching and researching gift wrapping, packaging and creativity with paper materials. Her experimentations with techniques of folding, stitching, tapestry, and embroidering have found their way into the works of her own studio, Decembell. FB : Decembell / FB : Wrap It Workshop

  • COMMENT

    I wish you luck!!

    AWARD

    Collaborate and exhibit work in Bangkok.


  • ERIC ZHU

    SHENZHEN FRINGE ART CENTER art director

    PROFILE

    Decai Zhu was born in 1976, Guangdong China. He was graduated from MA of Interactive Multimedia, London College of Communication, the University of Arts London in 2003. He set up Intox Design & Communication right back from London, Furthermore, He set up Shenzhen Fringe Art Center , focusing on international exchanges and cooperation in diverse cultural and artistic activities, community interaction, education and management executive, which is currently the first and only art organization in Mainland China to promote the culture of Fringe Festival.

  • COMMENT

    we are looking for the next talent and more unknown artists around Asia. Unknowasia Art Expo is an opportunity not to be missed.

    AWARD

    ARTIST SOLO EXHIBITION in CHINA


  • HIRO SUGIYAMA

    ENLIGHTENMENT ARTIST/ARTDIRECTOR

    PROFILE

    Established by Hiro Sugiyama. Creative unit of Hiro Sugiyama, Yutaro Mineyama, Takaaki Kato. Exhibiting artwork in the world of fine art. Publishing free papers and art books, designing advertisements and magazines and Curating Exhibitions. Creating music videos, vjing, well known in the world of moving image. Not only 2D art, they have expanded their area to 3D projects and space design. Recently signed with London rep, pocko and have expanded their work to overseas projects. They have been professional VJs since 1994. Collaborating with big named artists from around the world. Participated in outdoor festivals, parties and artshows around the world.

  • COMMENT

    I want to see things I have not seen before.

    AWARD

    HERE IS ZINE TOKYO


  • Shuji Nagai

    BEAMS co.,ltd. / BEAMS INSTITUTE OF CREATION CREATIVE DIRECTOR

    PROFILE

    Shuji Nagai is the director and curator of TOKYO CULTUART by BEAMS, a label that embodies his passion for Tokyo’s vibrantly chaotic arts, designs and cultures. Japanese artists such as Kads MIIDA, Hiroshi Iguchi, Tomoki Kurokawa and GELCHOP are regulars in Nagai’s curations at the label’s two gallery shops in Tokyo. As Creative Director of BEAMS institute of creation (HALS), Nagai is actively engaged in art events and projects.

  • COMMENT

    Art is playing an increasingly important role in modern and future scene. Through UNKNOWN ASIA, I am very much looking forward to seeing amazing artworks and artists that will change the way I look and catch up on what I have seen.

    AWARD

    Producing products with TOKYO CULTUART by BEAMS.


  • Benny Au

    Amazing Angle Design Consultants Limited Design Director

    PROFILE

    Design Director of Amazing Angle Design, Benny’s dynamic visuals often captures complex ideas in the simplest way. A graphic designer who also has excellent knowledge in paper and printing, Benny is dedicated to graphics, branding, publication design and exhibition curatorial work. He founded miniminigallery at his studio, where designers and creative minds from around the world are invited to show their works and exchange ideas. Benny is often invited to participate in design exhibitions, and is invited as guest judge and speaker for international design competitions and forums. His works are collected by museums and galleries worldwide. Benny is currently a member of Hong Kong Designers Association, Shenzhen Graphic Design Association, Tokyo Type Directors Club and Japan Graphic Designers Association.

  • COMMENT

    I look forward to seeing the amazing creations at UNKNOWN ASIA 2019.

    AWARD

    The winner will be invited to have an exhibition in Hong Kong.


  • Takeshi ISHIKAWA

    Skeleton Crew Studio,Inc./UNKNOWN ASIA Director

    PROFILE

    As ASIAN CREATIVE NETWORK establishment planning member see UNKNOWN ASIA launch. With experience as a teacher at a design vocational school, having experience in education / school management, having a director's experience at the administrative facility in the department manager / administrative and design field such as secretary, planning etc in general contents of digital contents / IT field Active in many directions.

  • COMMENT

    Creators, judges, reviews, visitors interact, and a lot of possibilities are born. I am enjoying a lot of encounters this year. I am expecting great works!

    AWARD

    I will have a meeting with the writer I chose, I will support it in a manner that suits that person. (Supporting support such as introduction of gallery, introduction of designer)


  • Ryo Takahashi

    FM802 , digmeout , DMOARTS , UNKNOWN ASIA Director

    PROFILE

    Born in 1988, based in Osaka, Japan. Ryo Takahashi is art director of art project “digmeout” that belongs to FM802 and FM COCOLO, curator of DMOARTS and executive committee of UNKNOWN ASIA.

  • COMMENT

    It has been five years since UNKNOWN ASIA has launched. We had met so many artists and these wonderful encounter has made great number of projects. As celebration of 5th anniversary, we will relocate into Grand Front Osaka and hold the improved UNKNOWN ASIA. I am expecting to see creators whom projects might goes with us.

    AWARD

    I would positively offer the prized artist commissioned projects such as cover art or exhibition at DMOARTS or domestic or foreign art fairs.


  • Ignatius Hermawan Tanzil

    LeBoYe design & DiaLogue artspace Creative Director

    PROFILE

    A graphic designer/curator Ignatius Hermawan Tanzil is the owner of a graphic design studio called LeBoYe and an artspace called DiaLoGue Artspace. LeBoYe has won numerous local and international awards for graphic design whilst DiaLoGue Artspace is one of the most productive artspace in Indonesia in terms of producing arts and design events and exhibition. Their initiatives such as “Smart-Dialogue” and Exi(s)t” has become a platform for promising young artists and designers to showcase their works and move on to the next level. He was the initiator and co-curated in 2016 “seek-a-seek” Indonesia’s biggest graphic design exhibition was a success and visited by more than 20000 visitors in 3 weeks. in 2016 He was also one of the curators for the exhibition representing Indonesia for Indonesia Pavilion for London Design Biennale in London. December 2017 was invited by M + museum Hongkong to present Dia.Lo.Gue special program and exhibition in M+Matters Reorient: Conversations on South and Southheart Asia

  • COMMENT

    Coming soon

    AWARD

    Group EXHIBITION or Collaboration PROJECT with dia.lo.gue or Indonesian Artist


  • Sota Ide

    CINRA, Inc. International Company Leader / Creative Director

    PROFILE

    Born in 1892, KAGAWA prefecture. Joined “CINRA.NET”, an online magazine that aims to cover everything about Japanese creative culture, at startup stage to serve as Art Director. He has led many digital promotion projects to successful conclusion since then. He is now in charge of global business of the company, managing online travel magazine "HereNow”, creative city guide with a special focus on Asia. His main business field now is tourism promotion for both national and local government. Also serving as a visiting professor at Tokyo Zokei University.

  • COMMENT

    I believe in the power of creativity to brings mutual understanding and culture tolerance among people, beyond the border. I am looking forward to encounter with the FUTURE of ever changing Asia.

    AWARD

    Coverage on our online magazine “HereNow”


  • Woochi Jeon

    Eloquence Magazine Founder & Editor in chief

    PROFILE

    EDITOR IN CHIEF (before) EDITOR IN CHIEF (before) CREATIVE DIRECTOR (before) FOUNDER & EDITOR IN CHIEF (now) FOUNDER (now) FOUNDER (now) FOUNDER (now) FOUNDER (now) CO-FOUNDER (now) CREATIVE DIRECTOR (now)

  • COMMENT

    Artists who will participate in The 5th of Unknown Asia, make new friends from all over Asia. It will inspire many changes to your work and life. Enjoy Unknown Asia with your heart. Let's go together into the Unknown World!

    AWARD

    Project & Exhibition Opportunity in SEOUL


  • YASUNORI TAMAKI

    KADOKAWA CORPORATION EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    PROFILE

    KADOKAWA / Executive Producer / Department Manager of Room 2021. Former Walker general editor. Director of Kyoto City Embankment Cultural Properties Research Institute. Member of the Osaka Prefecture Japan World Exposition Memorial Park Management Council. Doshisha college graduate. Sankei Shimbun Newspaper Kobe Branch officer, Osaka head office social department, six years reporter, Osaka prefectural police headquarters investigation 1 department charge ~ Fukutake Shoten monthly women's magazine ~ Kadokawa, editor-in chief 4 ~ total editor-in-chiek

  • COMMENT

    Exploration of existence. Expressions beyond their own understanding. Imaginary wings that can not be rounded off to reason.

    AWARD

    Introduction of artist profile in magazines, Kansai Walker.


  • KENJI TOKUMITSU

    TAGBOAT INC. President

    PROFILE

    Working with one of largest online web site in Asian region " @Gallery TAGBOAT", He is works towards Creating opportunity for general public to purchase artwork easily in order to expand Japanese modern art market, with strong attempt to create circumstance for young artist to perform well as professional artist.

  • COMMENT

    We are looking for the fascinating artist not been seen before. The creator who has the extraordinary talent should apply the UNKNOWN ASIA and show us your artworks. We will do the best support as possible for the enthusiastic artists who want to live a life by selling the artworks.

    AWARD

    Belonged to TAGBOAT's artist for sale


  • 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. (Chinese version started in 2011)

  • COMMENT

    NA

    AWARD

    Feature intweview with the artitst.


  • Season Lao

    Artist Artist

    PROFILE

    Season Lao Now based in Japan, Lao was born in Macao. After becoming an advertising agency designer he became an artist. He attended university in Macau, and was in charge of such projects as designing for Louis Vuitton. Since 2009 he has been based in Hokkaido, Japan. After the Great East Tohoku Earthquake, he was inspired to focus on contemporary art. His work explores the relationship between people and nature, and has gained global recognition. He has had exhibitions of his work in various countries, has been nominated in numerous art fairs, and his works featured in collections all over the world. As well as connecting Macau and Japanese culture, Lao also participates in activities to support other artists. In the Sapporo snow festival, he held a collaborative work exhibition which was featured on TV programs in Macau. He also curated screenings of Macau films in Hokkaido. He also organised a Macau artist exhibition "Macao Contemporary" at Tokyo Arts Chiyoda 3331. And since 2017, Lao has judged and curated an exhibition for "UNKNOWN/ASIA” Award Winning Artists' Exhibition in Macao. He is a director of Macau Biennale Women Artists International.

  • COMMENT

    I am looking forward to introducing wonderful works to Macao.

    AWARD

    Season Lao's selected Award Winning Artists will have an solo or group exhibition in Macao, also will have supporting media introduction and such.


  • Takao Tsuitsumi

    SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART President , Director

    PROFILE

    Director of SMMA(2001~) Chief Operational Director of SMMA(2013) President of SMMA(2014~) Trustee of Kawamura Arts and Cultural Foundation(2017~)

  • COMMENT

    I'm looking forward to meet many interesting works!

    AWARD

    ・Exhibition and commercial in Sezon Art shop in Yokohama ・Annual Free Passport 2020 for SMMA(Karuizawa)


  • Hiroshi Nagai

    Freelance Illustrator

    PROFILE

    Born in Tokushima in 1947. After working as a graphic designer, he worked as an illustrator from 1976. His illustration, represented by record jacket such as "Ohtaki Eiichi's" A LONG VACATION "" NIAGARA SONG BOOK ", has great features in tropical clear landscape illustration. In recent years he is in charge of the artwork of AOR 's compilation' breeze 'series, ikkubaru' Amusement Park ',' brighter ', TEEN RUNNINGS' NOW ', sunny day service' DANCE TO YOU 'jacket. "Time goes by ..." was rebuilt in July 2016.

  • COMMENT

    I would like to see the works of artists who are working diligently to produce works. At UNKNOWN ASIA 's judgment, I'd like to select an artist who draws a good picture anyway.

    AWARD

    I will hold a meeting for the winner at a later date and give advice on the production of the work.


  • Yoshihiro Taniguchi

    802 Mediaworks Producer

    PROFILE

    802Mediaworks / digmeout Producer. Born in 1963. Born from Kyoto. A young artist excavation project "digmeout" producer. We appointed artists to the visual of FM802, joining "town", "art" and "person" such as company promotion such as Sony, Nissan, Resona Bank, Nike and publishing art book, domestic and overseas exhibitions While working. May 2011 Opened the art gallery "DMO ARTS". We plan and organize the art fair 'UNKNOWN ASIA' from 2015. In 2018 he launched the publishing department "digmeout press" and published the latest issue of the art book "digmeout" for the first time in 12 years.

  • COMMENT

    I am giving individual prizes every year by other judges and reviewers who choose creators who do not give a prize. I hope to find original talent that I have never seen this year.

    AWARD

    We will adopt it for artwork of radio station FM802, exhibition planning, corporate collaboration and so on.


  • Ryoichi Matsuo

    TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY Director

    PROFILE

    Director of Tezukayama Gallery, presenting international artists since 1992.

  • COMMENT

    UNKNOWN ASIA is coming 5 years and its expand and people get more interest year and year. I am very looking forward meeting emarging talented artists this year too!

    AWARD

    Participation in a group show in the gallery or presenting in an artfair


  • Fang Yen-Wen

    Group.G / Wonder Foto CEO

    PROFILE

    Fang Yen-Wen is a curator, gallerist and photographer. He is the founder of Wonder Foto Day, the largest artist-based photo fair in Taipei. Every spring, over 120 selected artists exhibit at Wonder Foto Day to present their work to a wide audience, as well as guest photography professionals such as international publishers, curators, and gallerists — creating unique opportunities for participating artists to sell their work and to be discovered. As a photographer, he has been exhibited across several countries, including Japan, France, and China. He’s the Grand Prix winner of Unknown Asia Art Exchange Osaka in 2015. He’s also the owner of Gu Ju and G Gallery, two contemporary galleries in Taipei.

  • COMMENT

    Lets conect asia by art

    AWARD

    exihibion in taipei or Wonder Foto Day.