INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS OF DIGITAL ART FAIR ASIA.
Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director and pioneer in the aesthetics of data and machine intelligence. His body of work locates creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. In taking the data that flows around us as the primary material and the neural network of a computerized mind as a collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, offering us radical visualizations of our digitized memories and expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion. Anadol’s site-specific AI data sculptures, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take many forms, while encouraging us to rethink our engagement with the physical world, its temporal and spatial dimensions, and the creative potential of machines.
Krista Kim is a well-known contemporary artist and founder of the Techism movement originating in 2014, which promotes the intersection of art and technology, and the use of technological innovation as a tool to further the development of digital humanism. She dove into the NFT market as well with the sale of the world’s first digital NFT home named the “Mars House”.
KING OF KOWLOON
CONTEMPORARY URBAN ARTIST
Tsang Tsou Choi (King of Kowloon) was born on November 12, 1921, in Gaoyao, Guangdong, Republic of China, and died in Hong Kong on 15, July 2007. When he was 16 years old, Choi traveled to Hong Kong. He worked manual jobs there, which was the only kind he was qualified to do as he was barely literate. Tsang was widely known in the West as the King of Kowloon. He never had a studio like many contemporary artists, but he started marking the streets of Hong with his distinct graffiti when he was 35 years old. Choi was arrested several times for what police perceived as vandalism.
After painting, the local authority would repaint over his graffiti,
but Choi would return later and rewrite his messages immediately after the paint has dried. At the peak of his graffiti career, Choi grew an obsession with marking territories, which made his paintings ever-present in all areas of Hong Kong’s streets.
The locations ranged from utility boxes, lampposts, pavements, pillars, building walls, and street furniture to abandoned cars.
He targeted his calligraphic in areas with high pedestrian traffic, where it would be noticed. His most common locations were Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. However, Tsang was cautious not to place his graffiti in too prominent positions where they are likely to get painted over immediately.
Tsang focused mainly on the occupation of the margins and oblique engagement. For example, he would place his inscriptions over a post box. The insignia of imperial power or mark walls near the gates of the Central Government Offices attracted him.
Frederic Duquette, otherwise known as FVCKRENDER, is a self taught digital artist currently based in Vancouver, BC.
Originally from Montreal, Fred had a job at a restaurant where he regularly brought his laptop to work on before and after shifts. It was there that he taught himself how to use 3D art software. He began creating one piece of work a day - a tradition which continued for the next 5 years, helping to develop his skills and even- tually cementing himself as one of the most successful artists in Canada.
His style is unique, futuristic and mechanical yet he has never hid- den the fact that his art serves as a form of self therapy. He uses his art to illuminate and thereby overcome, past traumas.
MAD DOG JONES
Michah Dowbak aka Mad Dog Jones is a multidisciplinary artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario. His works deftly interweave cyberpunk, dystopian imagery exploring themes of beauty, nature and technology. As a lover of the wilderness, which was ever present where he grew up, he brings a fresh thematic to the metropolitan aesthetic, done up in citrus and neon tones of technology somehow rendered as a space naturally human.
He has recently become one of the top selling crypto artists of all time and was crowned the most expensive living canadian artist earlier this year.
Born in Madrid (1964) to a Spanish father and an American mother, Daniel Canogar’s life and career have bridged between Spain and the U.S. Photography was his earliest medium of choice, receiving a M.A. from NYU at the International Center of photography in 1990, but he soon became interested in the possibilities of the projected image and installation art.
From miniature window drawings, striking site-specific interventions to elaborate replicas of classic masterpieces, Pejac is rightfully recruiting an army of fans and collectors with every new piece he makes. Taking clever twists on familiar images and skillfully reinventing the public space, Madrid-based artist is touching sensitive social and environmental issues in a smart and poetic manner. The strength of his work and universal language comes from the right combination of admirable painting skills, original and effective concepts, and vast knowledge of classic art and popular culture.
Derry Ainsworth is a British photographer based in Hong Kong his unique work captures the buzzing life of big cities around the world. His work focuses on architecture, cityscape, street and all the happenings within the city.
In 2014 Derry booked a one way flight to Asia with little more than just a camera in his hand. Derry originally worked in architecture for two years here in Hong Kong. In that time his eye for angles and perspectives developed and he began to apply that to his photography. As time went on Derry quit architecture to pursue photography full time.
Derry has now had 10 exhibitions in Hong Kong, Derry's latest solo exhibition ''Life Through a Lens'' received great success in Hong Kong and has been named ''the art exhibition you can't miss in 2020'' by Hong Kong Tatler.
Derry's work has been featured by numerous publications and TV shows, such as Viu TV, Timeout, Cathay Pacific, HK Tourism Board and SCMP. He has worked with some of the biggest cultural events in Asia, such as Clockenflap, Art Central, Getty Images and the Hong Kong Rugby 7s, capturing Asia's culture with his lens.
He combines his variety of experiences and skills to put together his unique photography style. To this day he continues to explore the city with his free time, constantly looking for new and unique ways to capture the city of Hong Kong.
Andyknives (Andrew Ives) is an Australian photographer/3d artist. Spending 5 years living in Hong Kong, dedicated to capturing moments of life on the streets of Hong Kong.
Night time, rainy streets, dirty alleys and the rapidly disappearing neon signs became the focus of his work, spending many nights out past dark. Hoping to preserve the look and feel of the rapidly evolving city through photographs, Andrew draws inspiration from media such as Ghost in the Shell and Blade Runner, and classic photographers such as Fan ho and Greg Girard.
Now living back in Australia, Andrew is waiting out the pandemic, hoping to return to Hong Kong once international travel resumes.
My name is Tommy Fung, and I am the artist behind Surrealhk. I am a graphic designer and photographer, and I started this project on Instagram in 2017. With my artwork, I like to show an alternative reality, or let's say, a surreal version of iconic places, vehicles and situations in Hong Kong. But I also touch down on environmental, social and political topics. Each picture is a result of a combination of photos that I take myself, my creativity and Photoshop.
I specialize in photo manipulation, and my style is photo realistic, that even people cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is edited. I get artistic inspiration from pop culture and movies, especially those involving great special effects.
Jeremy Cheung is a Hong Kong-based freelance urban, event and architectural photographer. He is fond of capturing candid unrehearsed moments and urban stories with an attention to mood, geometry and typography. His works are often described as fusions between abstraction vs. reality, minimalism vs. complexity, as well as symmetry vs. imperfection. With Jeremy’s unique perspectives, the stories of living in big cities like Hong Kong are presented in a mixed bag including authenticity, subtlety, poetry or sometimes humour.
With currently more than 85,000 followers on Instagram, Jeremy has been invited as a guest speaker in Apple Store HK, Leica Camera HK, Eslite Bookstore, HKUST & HK Open University in the past few years. He has won the 3rd prize of the National Geographic HK Youth Photo Competition 2017
Noe Alonzo has been doing photography since he was a kid. He specialises in rainy night photography and is no stranger to shooting from dusk till dawn to capture the perfect image. His inspiration is drawn from movies and animations such as Bladerunner, Akira, and Makoto Shinkai films. Noealz's goal is to take images of the everyday mundane and bring out the beauty hidden in them. His works have been featured by Seoul Museum of Art, Nat Geo, BBC Storyworks, Samsung, OnePlus, and Parts Unknown.
JONATHAN Z LEE
Jonathan’s rise in the world of fine art photography has been meteoric, as his works immediately command attention and strike an emotional chord. The universal appeal of his images stem partly from his nomadic life - Jonathan was born in Singapore, but left at an early age, living in Beijing, Hong Kong, California, Florence, and New York City. With the natural world and its inhabitants as his muse, Jonathan exudes a relentlessness to commit to a concept, with constant dissatisfaction of the status-quo. He does not create images you have seen before. His style is deeply rooted in both the emotional and the existential, with influences ranging from high renaissance art to the sacred texts like The Upanishads and Tao Te Ching. Many have described his works as eliciting three primary feelings - reverence, humility, and melancholy. Jonathan often describes his portfolio as a meditation on our place in the natural world.
Blair Sugarman: After moving back to Hong Kong in 2019, Blair began taking his camera out with him to capture daily life on the streets of Hong Kong. After buying a drone and lighting equipment, Blair and John started experimenting with creating unique images using light painting to highlight specific subjects. Blair is a versatile photographer whose work spans aerial, architectural, street and portrait photography. He aims to create images of the environment around him that show both the beauty of the scenery and the more intimate, personal moments hidden within it.
John Huang: Drone photography and videography is a lifelong passion for John, something that inspires hope, courage, and a beautiful life. He fell in love with his drone right after flying his first mini drone a few years ago. The event made him appreciate new aerial perspectives that have not been seen before. Since then, John has captured the beauty of landscapes and cityscapes with his drone, showing a passion for storytelling to ignite memories and passion.
As a drone hobbyist, he started by doing drone-photography during the holidays, initially just for fun. However, what started as a humble holiday snapshot session led him to explore other different ways of drone photography, including drone light painting to capture images that inspire and tell a story in a unique way.
Born and bred in Hong kong, Vivian graduated from Wesleyan University (economics & studio art) and been active in the Art and Design scene ever since. Her figurative oil paintings consistently deal with the conventional definition of “ugly” and “beauty”. For her, true beauty lies in authenticity that includes elements of grotesque at the same time. Her illustrations are full of dark humour and surrealism.She has held multiple solo and group exhibitions in Hong Kong and overseas. Her works are currently collected by M+ Museum, the Valmont Foundation, Nishiji Collection and ex Copelouzos Family Art Museum.
Victor Wong (b.1966) is best known for his digital work and special effects. He invented and created A.I. Gemini, the first-ever artificial intelligence ink artist in the world in 2018. In 2019, Victor Wong's Escapismseries was unveiled at INK NOW Taipei Art Expo in January, marking the beginning of the TECH-iNK era. In April 2019, 3812 Gallery London held his debut exhibition in Europe, Far Side of the Moon. Within one year, 3812 Gallery presented Wong’s TECH-iNK in many cities internationally, including London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and Nanjing. TECH-iNK has brought ink art to a whole new level, expanding the possibilities that technology can offer creativity whilst mindfully exploring the challenges of this relationship. His works are held by numerous important private collectors, including the Uli Sigg Collection in Switzerland. The first A.I. ink painting, Escapism 0001, was featured on the cover of Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery in January 2019 and it was collected by Cathay Pacific. In May 2020, Wong was commissioned by SAMSUNG to create a new work, The Fauvist Dreams of Gemini 03. The digital version is featured in SAMSUNG THE FRAME 2020 and was exhibited at the Lane Crawford ifc mall in Hong Kong.
Ryan San is a Hong Kong artist who uses painting as his key form of medium.
He is also active in the fields of design and pop art. He specializes at integrating his creation into life and brands, which collaborates with different international brands and launches numerous crossover projects with fashion brands. Ryan was invited by the Malaysian royal family to exhibit, Government House of Hong Kong to perform and also participated in Art Plus Shanghai 2019, Art International Expo Beijing 2019, Art Expo Malaysia 2018, Fine Art Asia 2015 and other art fairs and his works were collected by celebrities and multinational organizations.
Claudia’s work is based on her personal experience as a heterosexual woman in the modern world dating and her view on female sexuality along with humour and sarcasm.
Behind her colourful cartoon-based images, there is always a simple message or a lighthearted joke. The caption is a very important element to the imagery because she believes a piece of good work is not only visually interesting, but it also needs to serve a purpose.
In 2013, she started her university final project on "Sexual Objectification of Women" at London College of Communication. 3 years later, she decided to continue the project and started posting her illustration work regularly on Instagram (@brainxeyes) as her self-expression. In the early stage, Instagram removed her illustration work several times because it was a female body part. That was why at the beginning of her work, she was always trying to get past Instagram's ban and pushing the boundaries. (Work such as "Scenery" series)
Henry Chu is a designer, programmer, and new media artist. Born in Hong Kong, Henry graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering programme at the University of Auckland, and founded pill & pillow in 2004. The independent studio has won more than 150 local and international awards including Cannes Lions, Webby and One Show. Many of his works are about the interaction between body movement and visual/music. His iPad music app “Squiggle” was exhibited in MoMA New York. “Reflection” is an interactive projection where the audience can play with their own shadow. “Shadow Harp” turns the audience’s body into a musical instrument. “Music Puddle” is a sound installation to generate music from the kids’ dancing. “The Sound of Market” generates music from the stock charts.
Henry was also a speaker at Business of Design Week, TEDxKowloon and TEDxTaipei. He recently created a commissioned work “Canto Cocktail” for M+ Museum. It is a Cantopop generator that you can play on a website.
Hailing from Brighton, England, Szabotage – whose real name is Gustav Szabo – a former architect and designer, is now recognised as a prolific contemporary urban artist and designer. By 2013, the multifaceted artist relocated to Hong Kong, where he became active in the street art scene and began to gain notoriety in the local and international urban art world.
Szabotage works with a variety of techniques and mediums, with his body of work ranging from canvas portraits, prints, interiors, cars, sculptures, stencils and products. The artist constantly challenges typical canvas limitations, through upcycling and recycling, creating sculptures using deconstructed aerosol cans, metals and wood. The artist is best recognised by his signature Koi fish - an iconic symbol of strength, adversity and good fortune – which features frequently throughout his work.
Szabotage has painted for the HKWalls street art festival, was a finalist in the global phenomenon Secret Walls and has given a TEDX talk ‘Resilience is the Ultimate High’. The artist held his first London solo exhibition ‘SHHH Women's Erotic Emporium’, in Shoreditch, London. Since then, he has exhibited internationally, with sold out exhibitions, solo shows, and numerous collaborative projects, commercial and private commissions.
Zoie Lam is an artist based in Hong Kong . As the creator of the imaginary planet Zlism, she details a world with all its residents and happenings. Positive energy oozes out from the kind-hearted characters as they come alive under her pen, all with fascinating stories unfolding in one painting after another. “ZL”is the initial of Zoie Lam while “LISM” stands for her philosophy and ideas. Through her drawings, Zoie would like to express her ideas towards different social phenomena.
Most of the artworks by Zoie Lam appear as a dense and intricate tapestry of patterns juxtaposed with vivid colours — a remarkable visual contrast for a signature style that sets Lam apart from the rest. Choosing acrylic paint and wool yarn, and occasionally oil-base marker and technical drawing pen for black-and-white effect, Lam always fills her stylistic paintings in brilliant hues and especially with florescent colours. All details are completed with refined brushstrokes and delicate lines under the fine pen tip. The canvas is then topped with hand-knitted finishing touches. Her another favorite art form is mural painting, which includes walls of shops and impromptu painting alongside real-time animation and performance. She had been invited to show case her art in Busan Art Fair, Affordable Art, Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Eslite book of Taiwan, etc. and promote arts and creativity with different institutions and companies including schools, HK Arts Development Council, Haven of Hope Hospital, CR2 903, Harbour City, Elements, PMQ, Samsung, IKEA, Vans, Converse, Levi’s, Adidas, Reebok.
Taka is a Japanese artist currently based in Hong Kong.
he is one of the finalists of Secret Walls x Hong Kong series 4 (2016) and is the Hong Kong winner of the Vans Asia Custom Culture competition 2017 and one of the finalists in Asia.
Taka also participated in Hong Kong's annual street art festival HKWalls, a world wide graffiti festival Meeting of Styles in Manila, Philippines, europe’s biggest street art festival Upfest in Bristol, UK and he exhibited in Paris, France.
LOURS is a professional artist who use different technics for represent the
world she has inside trying to make smile more people and reach the feelings of the human being. She started painting illegal graffiti over 20 years ago and then she jumped to Art Direction specialising in Costume and Stage design. From that she moved to London the legal graffiti , street art flooded her live discovering a new way of live, new skills, new technics, new people, new influences improving her skills in every aspect.
She focuses on a surreal-realist style, influenced by everything that surrounds her , from feelings to the contrast of the sky, from someone who she appreciates to a reason of complain. Art is her way of communication with the world.
Nacho Welles is a graffiti artist based in London.
Originally from Spain, he started painting with oil when he was 8 years old, and soon started graffiti with spray paint in abandoned factories and tunnels, painting murals with friends for fun. After finishing his studies in Fine Arts in the University of Castilla-La Mancha, moved to London in 2011, where he continued working on his graffiti and doing more studio work.
His paintings in canvas are a mix of street art aesthetics, pop art and realistic portraits, always using vibrant colours and references from movies, comics and videogames.
& DANA SHEK
NEW MEDIA ARTISTS
Alvin Mak is a mechanical engineer turned self-taught artist based in
Hong Kong. He has been creating visual art since 2001. He is visually
drawn to abstraction and movement. He has worked with a variety of medium from photography, art prints and sculptures. The creative journey led to video art and virtual objects. He explores the combination of hypnotizing visuals with the element of
Dana's parents are from the grass islands off Sai Kung, Hong Kong. They
emigrated to Scotland in the '70s where she was born. In 1999, after
graduating from Multi-Media Textile Design at Loughborough University
School of Art and Design, she moved to Hong Kong. Dana’s creative process emphasizes variety. She finds inspiration in different genres, styles, and materials. Dana works with paper and digital media to express or evoke a feeling or response. Lately, she has been taking a more humorous and playful approach.
Dana is a full-time visual artist. Her artworks are commissioned for
many local and international projects.