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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 ...


Lebanese, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in England.

Born 1947, in Beirut.

Watercolourist, pastellist, draughtswoman, illustrator.

Ida Alamuddine studied art in London from 1967 to 1971, but broke off her studies for a six-year period before resuming in the USA (1981 to 1983) and once more in London (...


Xu Bing  

Melissa Chiu

Chinese installation artist . Xu Bing spent much of his childhood in Beijing where his parents were professors at Beijing University. He said that being surrounded by books during this formative period in his life gave him an intense interest in them. Xu studied printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (...


Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1942, in Malabon, Manila, Philippines.

Painter, printmaker, illustrator. Figures, portraits.

Baguio Arts Guild.

Bencab started drawing at the age of seven and was influenced by his older brother Salvador, an artist. He later studied at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts and worked for several publications as an illustrator and layout artist. In ...


American, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1973, in Hong Kong.

Video artist, multi-media artist, activist, and publisher. Artists’ books

Paul Chan spent his early childhood in Hong Kong but immigrated to Omaha, Nebraska, in his youth. He began his BFA in video and digital arts at the Art Institute of Chicago in ...


Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

Turkish calligrapher, marbler, and connoisseur. He attended high school at Haydarpaşa Lisesi and then graduated from the School of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine at Istanbul University. He worked as a pharmacist until 1977, when he became the director of the Türkpetrol Foundation, a position he held until ...


French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 2 October 1951, in Hanoi.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, sculptor (including bronze), engraver, poet. Artists' books.


Born in North Vietnam, Albert Dupont came to France at an early age. He began to practise engraving and worked on collector's editions ...


Chinese, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1968, in Sichuan Province.

Painter, illustrator. Portraits.

Feng Zhengjie graduated as a master of fine arts from the oil painting department of the Sichuan Academy of Arts in 1995 and began teaching in the fine arts department of the Beijing Normal Institute. Feng’s work borders on kitsch-like caricature. He uses the garish colours of Pop Art and popular culture, as well as traditional Chinese iconography. Feng is a central figure of the Gaudy art movement, which emerged in the mid-1990s and was influenced by Pop Art, employing bright, garish colours and referencing advertising imagery. Feng’s large-scale portraits resemble Andy Warhol’s prints of celebrities....


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 ...



Lebanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 18 May 1949, in Biblos or Beirut.

Painter, illustrator, scenographer. Religious subjects. Stage sets, murals.

He obtained his degree at the Beirut school of fine arts, where he taught from 1980 to 1983 in the architecture, decorative arts and graphics departments....



Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1928, in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines.

Painter, cartoonist, illustrator, printmaker. Local genre scenes, figures, landscapes, flora and fauna, folk art.

Saturday Group of Artists.

Malang (Mauro Malang Santos) learned how to draw at the age of ten from a private tutor. In ...


Iraqi calligrapher, painter, printmaker and writer, active in Paris (see fig.). He studied painting and calligraphy in Baghdad from 1960 to 1969, and in 1969 exhibited his work at the Iraqi Artists’ Society exhibition and at the French Cultural Centre in Baghdad. The same year he went to Paris and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts until ...


Herbert Kessler

Israeli art historian of Jewish art. Educated first at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he moved to London and earned an MA in art history at the Courtauld Institute (1959) and a PhD at the Warburg Institute (1962). Returning to Jerusalem, Narkiss rose steadily through the ranks from ...


Iranian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1950, in Lahijan.

Painter, draughtsman, watercolourist, pastellist, engraver, lithographer, illustrator. Landscapes, fruit, flowers.

Farhad Ostovani was born in northern Iran and started painting at the age of 12 with a traditional master. He went on to study fine arts at Tehran University from ...


Indonesian, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1966, in Pekan Baru, Indonesia.

Active in Amsterdam.

Photographer and film maker. Film and video installations, artists’ books.

Fiona Tan was born in Indonesia, the daughter of a Chinese father and an Australian mother of Scottish heritage. She spent most of her childhood in Melbourne, Australia. As an adult she relocated to Amsterdam, where she now lives and works. She studied art at Gerrit Rietveld Academie ...


Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in Shanghai.

Painter. Landscapes.

Tang Muli started drawing on his own, learning from books and drawing portraits of his co-workers. He gained admittance to the central academy of arts in Beijing and on graduating won a scholarship to study abroad. He chose to go to the Royal College of Art, London, from which he obtained his Master of Arts in ...


Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 5 February 1957, in Manila.

Draughtsman, illustrator.

Truong has a doctorate in English and a degree in political science. He has executed numerous illustrations for newspapers and magazines including: Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur and Je Bouquine.

Paris, 5 April 1991...


Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Chang-Hua, Taiwan.

Draughtsman, illustrator.

Tsai Chih-Chung is one of the best-known comic strip illustrators today both in China itself and among the Chinese diaspora. His adaptations of the classical texts of the Chinese philosophers into comic strips have been translated into many languages, have been phenomenally successful and are used for study at Princeton University. Among his works are ...


Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Iceland; Hamburg, Germany; and Shanghai.

Born 1960, in Zhoushan, China.

Installation artist, performance artist, book artist, painter.

In 1986, Wu graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou and conceived his installation and performance series Red Humour...