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.