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  • KINGMAN DONG - world famous watercolorist has seen his great artistry in films, paintings, magazine covers, etc. in museums throughout the world.
  • GALIN FUJITA - This artist makes wildly disparate psychological, experiential and syntactical spaces that both collide and reside happily under an umbrella of technical mastery at once beautiful and banal. Going from a teen career bombing (spray painting) to grad school, he is able to resource everything from graffiti, stencils, gold leafing, Ben Day dotting, half comical, half masterful appropriations of shunga (classical Japanese erotic prints), Pop, even the intricate style unique to tattoo art. Colors are just this side of gaudy--vestiges of Vegas--and the spray paint and gold leaf produce a kind of flat, reflective light that is nothing less than seductive.
  • FLORIA HOSHINO - She illustrate Amy Lee-Tai's book, "A Place Where Sunflowers Grow" - a tale that reveals what occurred during the Japanese Internment Camps. Hoshino said she took inspiration from the paperback book, "Peaceful Painter Hisako Hibi: Memoirs of an Issei Woman Artist" (Heyday Books, 2004, $20), a compilation of Hibi's illustrated diaries.
  • BYRON KIM - Kim was born in La Jolla in 1961, grew up in Connecticut and now lives and works in Brooklyn. He attended art school in the '80s, when interest in multicultural expression and identity politics surged. Focusing on skin color must have come naturally, but Kim, a Korean American, dispatched with race issues fairly quickly to take up other, more visceral and psychological aspects of color.
  • DEREK KIRK KIM - Writes and Illustrates short stories in comics form. He has been serializing his stories every weekday at his website "Lowbright"
  • WILFREDO LAM - Cuban painter, printmaker and sculptor, Wifredo Lam is best known for his own style of art, created by fusing Surrealism and Cubism with the colors and form of the Caribbean.
  • CHIURA OBATA - In 1942 Obata Chiura and his wife Haruko were among the more than 100,000 Japanese Americans who were moved from their homes at the West coast into ten relocation camps. During his internment in different camps, the artist made about hundred sketches and paintings until his release in 1945 that can be seen in the book Topaz Moon. During his confinement at Topaz in Utah, he organized an art school for the 8,000 Japanese Americans in Topaz. The Topaz Art School had over 600 students with 16 art instructors. In 1965 he received an order from the Japanese Emperor for promoting cultural exchange between the United States and Japan.
  • MIAN SITU - This Chinese realist painter has painted historical scenes of the Chinese immigrants who came to California more than a century ago — the people California Gov. Leland Stanford in 1862 labeled "the dregs" of Asia's "numberless millions." In Situ's portrayals, these newcomers lay railroad tracks, peddle toys in San Francisco's old Chinatown, labor in laundries and gaze ashore from eastbound ships, approaching California for the first time.
  • HENRY SUGIMOTO - remarkable and unique artist whose art direction drastically changed during the WWII Japanese Internment Camp era.
  • YUQI WANG - His work hangs in public collections in China and the collection of the Japanese Royal Family. The influence of Rossetti and Burne-Jones is unmistakable, and in the tradition of the Pre-Raphaelites Yuqi manages to create work which is as sensitive as it is powerful.
  • TYRUS WONG - Painter, lithographer, designer and Disney legend
  • HIRO YAMAGATA - Japanese-born artist/Los Angeles-based became a commercial success in the 1980s when his whimsical sports- and nature-themed works became top sellers for Martin Lawrence Limited Editions Inc. In 1994 he created his "Earthly Paradise" series featuring tropical landscapes painted on vintage Mercedes-Benz cars.
  • PHIL YEH - He has painted murals in 49 U.S. states, 3 Canadian provinces, Mexico, China, Hungary, Italy, England, Taiwan, Germany, Singapore and Japan - in addition to 58 books. He was honored by Mrs. Bush at the White House for his literacy work!
  • RUTH ASAWA - this San Francisco-based sculptor, born in 1926, has been nationally acclaim for her works during the past 40+ years. Asawa's work include the Mermaid Fountain at Ghirardelli Square, Hyatt Fountain at Union Square and the Japanese American Internment Memorial Sculpture at the San Jose Federal Building. Her work can be seen at the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Oakland Museum of California.
  • PATTY CHANG - Chang is probably best known for her performance art (along with video and scruptural works), which has often dealt with issues of gender and physicality in bold, and sometimes shocking, ways.
  • MAYA LIN - Lin was born and raised in Athens, Ohio (1959), where her parents, both professors at Ohio University, emigrated from China just before the Communist takeover in 1949. She sees her Asian-American heritage as the source of her refusal to separate East/West influences, reason and intuition, and the left and right brain. She is of the rare few who have managed to forge a path in both art and architecture, Maya Lin is at once sculptor, architect, designer, craftsman and thinker. Since she founded her own studio in 1987, Maya Lin's wide range of monuments, sculptures, buildings, interiors and furniture have been "proposing ways of thinking and imagining that resist categories, genres, and borders. Lin has consciously resisted divisions between architecture and design or fine and applied art. Lin's monuments, including The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial (The Mall, Washington, DC, 1982), which won the largest design competition in American history, The Civil Rights Memorial (Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama, 1988-93), and The Women's Table (Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1993), have been highly acclaimed for creating an intensely private experience within the most public context. Their intimate human scale invites individuals of all backgrounds to touch, to feel, to respond and to contemplate.
  • YOSHITOMO NARA - His cartoonlike images and sculptures of kids and puppies -- sporting world-weary adult expressions, major attitude and salty vocabularies -- are among the most cutting edge of Japanese exports in the contemporary art world that speak an international language of youthful ennui, alienation, anger and bemusement that speaks to adults who maintain a connection with their inner children. He also has a close association with punk music and pop culture, has made him one of the most influential artists working today.
  • ISAMU NOGUCHI - world renown sculptor who often worked in clay.
  • ROSE YUNG Artist is a Chinese American visual artist, sculptor and graphic artist living and working in San Francisco, California
  • CHEN ZHEN - naturalized French artist who was born in Shanghai, China. His work was closely related to his strong interest in the relationship between art and the health of society. Zhen was known throughout Europe for his thought-provoking sculptural installations. Chen Zhen died in 2000.
  • DOUG CHIANG - Oscar Award-winning animator
  • JAMES CUI (DJ FADER) - He mixes videos for raves and parties and project them on walls. It's a niche market and very subcultural.
  • SEONNA HONG - her creations balances art and animation. In 1999 Seonna made the transition into painting backgrounds for animation, both for feature and television, and was recently recognized by her peers with an Annie award nomination for production design.
  • DENNIS HWANG - Dennis Hwang is the 28-year-old webmaster behind the whimsical themed logos that appear on the site. Known as Google doodles, according to Google, the drawings have become a pop-culture phenomenon.
  • ELLEN POON - Starting in 1990, as a top visual effects supervisor with the illustrious George Lucas’ ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) Visual Effects team, she has worked with the highly acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou and ground-breaking films (i.e. Jurassic Park, The Mask, Disclosure, Jumanji, and Perrier's Toy Soldier spot.)
  • KAMISAKA SEKKA - this Rimpa Master and Pioneer of Modern Japanese Design was a celebrated painter and decorative artist
  • YOSHIO TANIGUCHI - In his Competition design submission, states that his goal is "to create an ideal environment for art and people through the imaginative and disciplined use of light, materials and space." He envisions "a museum that preserves and reinforces MoMA's unique character as the repository of an incomparable collection of modern and contemporary art, as a pioneer of museums of modern art with a unique historical inheritance, and as an urban institution in a midtown Manhattan location."
  • POP ZHAO - he has extended his visual art to what he calls "Concept 21" multi-media theatrical performances, depicting the complexity and beauty of the human condition, which were viewed as controversial.
  • TOMOMI FUKUDA - From Japan by way of London, fashion designer Tomomi Fukuda knows all about that. Bored with selling exclusively vintage clothing after opening her Camdenlock boutique on Melrose Avenue in 1995, Fukuda began carrying what were then largely unknown British brands. Business was slow- at first. By 2001, the U.K. brands Fukuda first imported to L.A. began making inroads at her competitors and eventually at the big department stores, so she began creating her own clothes. She quickly picked up local clients along with those visiting town to record albums, including rock bands Green Day and OK Go.
  • MING CHO LEE - the Shanghai-born Mr. Lee has won numerous awards for his work, including: the first Joseph Maharam Award for Electra in 1965, a Tony nomination for Billy in 1970, the National Opera Institute Special Award for Service to American Opera in 1980, a Tony Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award, and a Maharam Award in 1983 for his work on K2.
  • KAZUHIRO TSUJI - his credits as make-up/special effects person include the following: Norbit (Prosthetic Makeup), Click (Makeup Effects), The Cave (Sculptor), The Ring Two (Makeup Effects), Hellboy (Prosthetic Makeup((Spectral Motion)), The Haunted Mansion (Sculptor((Cinovation/Rick Baker Crew)), The Haunted Mansion (Concept Artist((Cinovation/Rick Baker Crew)), The Haunted Mansion (Special Makeup Effects Artist), Planet of the Apes (Art Department((special make-up effects)), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Makeup Artist), Nutty Professor II: The Klumps - (Art Department((special effects)), Life (Art Department((make-up effects)), Life (Makeup), Mighty Joe Young (Makeup Artist), Batman & Robin, Men in Black (Art Department) and The Devil's Advocate (principal Art Department).
  • EMI WADA - known as Japan's first lady of costume design, Wada has worked for more than 40 years in opera, film and theater. Her name is synonymous with opulence and majesty, and she attracts directors who share her taste for stylized excess: Akira Kurosawa, Zhang Yimou, Peter Greenaway, Franco Zeffirelli, Julie Taymor.
  • TAK FUJIMOTO - award-winning Japanese-American director of photography who is considered one of the most talented camera operators in Hollywood. "Tak is a master of the proper use of blending in-camera and visual effects techniques," states Steve Rundell of D-Rex - who has worked with him on many projects.
  • MASUMI HAYASHI - photographer who used panoramic collages to make beautiful and powerful statements on toxic waste sites, abandoned prisons and remnants of the internment camps that held Japanese Americans during World War II
  • CHIURA OBATA - Japanese American artist whose works reflected life during the Internment Camps.


  • ROSALINA TRAN LYDSTER - founder of Jewelry by Rosalina, Lydster creates high-end jewelry, ranging from $1,500 to $70,000, exclusively for Neiman Marcus.
  • MIMI SO - was the first Asian woman in the jewelry business in the downtown jewelry corridor of Canal Street and the Bowery.
  • HELEN LIU FONG - Commercial architect who helped create icons of style in the futuristic coffee shops that sprouted in Southern California in the 1950s and '60s. She died in 2005.
  • HAU THAI-THANG - This Vietnamese immigrant is the director of the 2005 Ford Mustang
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