Javier Calleja was born in Málaga, 1971 and completed bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Granada University in 2000. Before he completed his artistic training at the age of 31 he was a gymnastics athlete training for the Olympics. Calleja's work seems to be a simple aesthetic, but he creates surprising and humorous art-pieces through ingenious changes in everyday events. In his paintings, drawings and sculptures he deploys the aesthetic conventions of cartoons and the illustrations of children’s books, in his search for simplicity and immediacy.
Yuichi Hirako, born in 1982 in Okayama Prefecture and now working primarily in Tokyo. “The relationship between plants and humans” is a major theme that Yuichi Hirako has been continuously exploring in his artwork. When the artist studied at Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London, he began to ruminate on his living experiences shaped by the environments of the parks in London and the primeval forests in his hometown-Okayama Prefecture, Japan. At the same time, he identified the difference between the ways the East and the West “connect with nature”.
Yoshitoshi Kanemaki, a Japanese contemporary artist, was born in Chiba Prefecture and Graduated from The Department of Sculpture, Tama Art University, Tokyo. Kanemaki's works are mainly based on wood carving. He has superb craftsmanship using the technology "ichiboku-zukuri" to form logs into a one-piece sculpture. The surreal style of the work is strangely cute and the sense of difference strongly highlights the personal characteristics.
Joyce Pensato who was born in Brooklyn, New York, the USA where she continues to live and work. Her paints exuberant, explosive large-scale likenesses of cartoon characters and comic-book heroes. Her seemingly frenzied technique – actually involving the deliberate accretion of successive layers of bold linear gestures, rapid spattering, and frequent erasures – results in alternately humorous and sinister imagery. While her prima facie subject matter ranges from Batman, The Simpsons and MickeyMouse to Felix the Cat and Elmo from Sesame Street.
Izumi Kato was born in 1969, in Shimane, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Oil Painting at Musashino University in 1992. He now lives and works between Tokyo and Hong Kong. Since 2000’s, Kato has garnered attention as an innovative artist through exhibitions held in Japan and across the world. In 2007, he was invited to the 52nd Venice Biennale International Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr.
CHANG, TENG-YUAN, an artist, was born in Kaohsiung. Now, he is residing in Taipei, where he carries out his artistic creations. Since 2012, Chang has created a doomsday saga, with doomsday archeology as the concept. With fictional means, he uses paintings, animation spatial installations, and mixed media as the carriers of his thoughts. In his works, Chang fuses eastern and western elements of painting. Transforming them into signs, he re-constructs and creates new visual images with the fusion of the east and west.
George Morton-Clark is a British artist whose work often features the spirit of street art and pop imagery. Integrating the elements of both eastern and western fashion trends, George’s art has been a great hit in Art Basel across Europe and the US in recent years.