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Margo Machida

Asian American mixed-media and installation artist and cultural activist. Ken Chu came to the United States from Hong Kong in 1971, settling in California where he received a BFA in film studies from San Francisco Art Institute (1986). Relocating to New York City after graduation, his encounters with local Asian American artists, activists and cultural organizations supported his artistic efforts, in which he often drew upon subjects that emerged organically from personal experience in the US as a gay Asian man. Adopting popular cultural idioms from film and comics, while also drawing upon symbols and motifs from Chinese and other Asian cultures, his imagery from this pivotal period featured Asian men cast as prototypically American masculine figures, such as California surfers and cowboys, who populate colorful, imaginary scenarios of cross-cultural contact, mixing and desire. In Western societies, where the dominant norms are non-Asian and few viable role models for Asian men exist, Chu’s art strongly asserted their collective presence and place. His socially inspired work has since also engaged matters of anti-Asian violence, internalized racism, stereotyping, homophobia and the impact of AIDS on Asian diasporic communities....

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Kagawa Prefecture.

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman, engraver.

Haraguchi Noriyuki studied at Nihon Uni­versity until 1970. His style can be described as Pop Art and he mainly uses heavy materials such as concrete, steel, copper and tar. Work by him was shown at the following: the seventh Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art (...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1962, in Tokyo, Japan.

Painter, sculptor.

Neo-Pop Art.

After developing the conceptions for the paintings and sculptures he is going to produce, Murakami Takashi produces models for them with the help of a computer; his assistants then create the works in his production workshop, known as the Hiropon Factory. He invented the kitsch character ‘Mr Dob’, who has been taken up widely by other artists and is a mixture of Mickey Mouse and manga culture....

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Vietnamese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1971.

Painter.

Graffiti Art, Neo-Pop Art.

Hanoi Triad group.

Nguyen Van Cuong was a pupil of Truong Tan at the fine arts college in Hanoi. Together with Nguyen Quang Huy and Nguyen Minh Thanh, he forms the Hanoi Triad, who have championed a return to traditional inks and paper. As a denunciation of the hegemony of the dollar and ...