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Lebanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 1962, in Saïda.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator. Figures, portraits.

This artist is a self-taught book and magazine illustrator who divides his time between Beirut and Paris. He has exhibited drawings and paintings at one-man shows in Beirut (since ...

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Mark Allen Svede

Latvian painter, stage designer and graphic designer. After a childhood spent in Siberian exile, he studied decorative art and trained as a painter in the Latvian Art Academy (1963–72), preparing for a career as a stage designer. Stage design and the applied arts were less constrained by Socialist Realist dictates during the 1970s, and he quickly became one of Latvia’s most innovative artists. His fluency with process art and installation, for example, was already evident in his designs for a ...

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Palestinian, 20th–21st century, female.

Active in England since 1975.

Born 1952, in Beirut.

Sculptor, installation artist, photographer. Multimedia.

Mona Hatoum studied graphic design at Beirut University College before settling in London in 1975, during civil war in Lebanon. In London she studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. In the 1980s she began making video and performance works incorporating themes of exile and the body, such as ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in the USA from 1972.

Born 1941, in Hunan.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

At the start of his career, Dennis Hwang used graphic techniques such as those used in batik in a so-called Abstract Surrealist style. He also wrote a book entitled ...

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Japanese, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1947.

Painter, graphic artist.

Isono is best known as a poster artist. His work often combines landscape elements with abstract geometric forms. He has exhibited internationally since the 1970s, including the exhibition Japanese Art Today at the museum of contemporary art in Montreal....

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active also active in the USA.

Born 1953, in Shizuoka.

Graphic designer, illustrator.

Katsumi Komagata eventually settled in Tokyo, where in 1986 he opened his own publishing house, One Stroke . Earlier, from 1977 to 1983, he lived in the USA. From ...

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American conceptual artist, designer, and writer. She enrolled at Parsons School of Design, New York, where her teachers included the photographer Diane Arbus and Marvin Israel (1924–84), a successful graphic designer and art director of Harper’s Bazaar, who was particularly encouraging. When Kruger’s interest in art school waned in the mid-1960s, Israel encouraged her to prepare a professional portfolio. Kruger moved to New York and entered the design department of ...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born c. 1954.

Painter.

Maita Masafumi’s painting is related to Conceptual Art. It relies on photographic documents and attempts to embody an intervention by the artist into natural phenomena, and to call them into question. He won the grand prix at the sixth International Exhibition of Young Artists at Sizuoka in ...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, on Kyushu.

Draughtsman.

After graduating from the technical university in Kyushu, Nagasaki Michihisa showed work at an exhibition of graphic design in Kyushu-Okinawa (1972) and at the exhibition Art and Culture in Tokyo (1972–1974)....

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Armenian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 22 April 1950, in Mirzik.

Painter, poster artist, designer.

Kamo Nigarian trained at the institute of fine arts in Yerevan, from 1968 to 1973. In parallel with his activities as a painter, he also works as a designer and poster artist. He exhibits primarily in Yerevan. His paintings are populated with grotesque figures, caricatures, painted in blood red and contrasted against pale colours....

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Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Roxas City, Philippines.

Painter, assemblage artist, graphic designer. Religious, socio-political themes, historical subjects, objects.

Black Artists of Asia.

Norberto Roldan studied at the University of Santo Tomas, majoring in visual communication. He also took graduate courses in art studies at the University of the Philippines. In ...

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Janet Koplos

Japanese sculptor and installation artist. A Tokyo-based graphic-design graduate of Tama Art University, Tokyo (1992), Suda briefly worked in the design field. Exposed to wood-carving in art school, he began to use both traditional Japanese techniques and those of his own devising and to present his work in unconventional installations....

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Amy Fox

Filipino graphic designer and art educator, also active in the USA . Known for her elegant typography and layered imagery, Tenazas’ design work focuses on the importance of language. After earning her BFA in the Philippines in 1976, Tenazas started her design career working for pharmaceutical companies Bristol-Myers and Smith Kline Corporation. In ...

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Reiko Tomii

Japanese painter and graphic artist . Mostly self-taught, from childhood he loved to draw and he joined a high-school painting club. In 1983 the American film Wild Style (1982) inspired him to study hip-hop culture and become a graffiti artist. While working as a graphic designer of CD jackets at a record company, Tenmyouya submitted his art works to major competitive exhibitions for graphic artists such as ...

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Israeli, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Tel Aviv.

Painter (mixed media). Figures, animals.

Avi Trattner lives and works in Beer-Yaacov. His primitive, highly graphic works, full of lines, hatching and interlace, evoke the work of Cy Twombly. He uses an earthy palette, rich in material effects and dominated by ochres and browns, but which give forth the occasional splash of colour, and a very gestural technique, full of tension, such as when working around the image of a stray dog - an abstract shadow against a neutral background imprisoned by the canvas, out of context, representing the isolation of Israel’s Jews. Anonymous figures, soldiers, children and seated figures also haunt his works, while, in his series ...