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Seattle NFT Museum announces "Asian Cultural Animation in the Digital Age" Exhibition

Updated: Mar 23

The Seattle NFT Museum is thrilled to announce its upcoming exhibition, "Asian Cultural Animation in the Digital Age", curated by Thita Tunlayadechanont. The exhibition will open on April 3rd, 2024 at the Seattle NFT Museum (2125 1st AVE, Seattle WA 98121)


Tickets are now on sale

Opening reception event, Saturday April 6th 5:00pm - 8:00pm PT

Seattle NFT Museum is hosting an opening reception to launch the new exhibition. Attendees have the opportunity to hear directly from the artists on display, learning more about their work and inspiration.




Asian Cultural Animation in the Digital Age

In the dynamic world of 2024, a transformation is unfolding in the digital art sphere, marked by an unprecedented fusion of web3 technology and cultural richness. As we witness the emergence of a new era in art and AI products, the focus shifts from traditional paradigms to a landscape where digital advancements are not just about the art itself, but the communities and influencers that imbue them with meaning and relevance.


This evolution is vividly illustrated in the realm of digital art, where the deep cultural roots and diverse experiences of Asia are coming to the forefront. Our latest exhibition delves into this rich tapestry, showcasing artists who bring their unique techniques and storytelling to the table. These creators are not just producing art; they are capturing and transforming cultural landscapes, turning them into narratives that speak to a global audience.


At the heart of this narrative is the legacy of Asian animation, a field that has seen exponential growth since the late 1960s, driven by both economic opportunities and a deep well of cultural and religious values. This is not mere entertainment; it's a powerful medium for cultural expression, weaving narratives that resonate across the globe. These stories, rich in tradition and moral lessons, offer a window into the soul of Asia's cultural heritage.


The exhibition serves as a testament to the enduring power of animation in telling stories that transcend boundaries. It's a celebration of Asian cultural heritage, seen through the lens of digital artistry and the evolving world of NFTs. Each piece in the exhibition is more than just a digital token; it's a narrative, a slice of life, encapsulating the diverse perspectives and experiences that shape our shared humanity.


As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of NFTs and digital art, this exhibition stands as a beacon of innovation and cultural celebration. It invites audiences to embark on a journey of discovery, where every frame is a story, and every character a reflection of the depths of our shared human experience.


Featured Artists

This nostalgic school girl’s illustrations is the work of an impressive Japanese digital artist, Since 2015, the artist has unveiled their works through various social media such as on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and has been receiving great positive responses. Recently, the artist has been adding original works, being proactive in future projects in collaborations with models and other artists, gaining attention from both the domestic and international viewers.


: Manabu Koga is a Japanese artist and visual designer who has achieved significant acclaim, primarily for his exhibitions focusing on the concept of UNDERWATER GIRLS. Koga has specialized in underwater photography since the mid 2000’s, involving himself in submerged shooting for a number of music videos and movies such as Helter Skelter (2012)


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Simon (b. 1997) is a Tokyo-born, Fukuoka City-based illustrator, painter, and print-maker creating a next wave manga multiverse known as ‘Alien-chan’. Simon began developing this unique subgenre at the age of 14 when enrolled at the Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture. Influenced by the work of modern manga writing duo Fujiko F. Fujio and articulated sculptor Simon Yotsuya (“the God of doll-making”), he channeled his preteen obsession with Sanrio and Disney characters into a futuristic fantasy realm that remixes Japanese Pop of the 1990’s with contemporary modes. Simon’s embrace of analog and digital mediums coincides with his fixation on dissolving socio-cultural boundaries related to national and transgender identities, which remain tabu subjects at dinner tables throughout his homeland.


Satohup (born 1995) is an artist who utilizes contemporary street pop art to express his perspectives on current societal trends, employing vivid colors as his primary medium. Having explored numerous techniques during his tenure at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Satohup believes that individuals often strive to present themselves as bold and memorable. In doing so, they adopt certain personas that may not entirely reflect their true selves, seeking acceptance from society. Over time, these gradual adaptations erode individualism, leading to conformity.


Mairung Jarurattanaporn is a Thai artist born and raised in Bangkok.Chulalongkorn University, with a degree in ceramics. Mairung foray into watercolor painting on social media platforms became a pivotal point in introducing to the art scene. Through rigorous experimentation and exploration of techniques, particularly human portraits with delicate nuances. Notably, her works were selected for exhibition at the Portrait Prize in 2020


Driven by a desire to fuse traditional Thai elements with contemporary narratives, Mairung ventured into character creation name Jin HaloQ, a young space explorer, embody a unique fusion of Thai folklore and futuristic themes. Through his illustrations and animations, he captivates audiences with stories that transcend time and culture.


Mairung's artistry present a deep appreciation Thai heritage while embracing modern mediums and storytelling techniques. With distinct style and imaginative narratives, Mairung continues to inspire and captivate audiences both locally and internationa


​​nina is an artist who creates works across various fields, including the music industry, fashion, and book design, with a focus on animation expression. She is renowned for her unique sense of color and touch, crafting distinctive worldviews that have garnered attention. Her notable works include the music video for YOASOBI’s “Into The Night,” the music video for Tatsuro Yamashita’s “Sayonara Natsu No Hi” the COACH 2021 & 2023 POPUP installations, and the SPALDING collaboration, among others.


Mojoko is best described as a Pop art mash-up artist and collage specialist. His artworks explore the clashing of cultures, virtual vs reality, old vs new, east vs west and is often inspired by Singapore culture and the energy of living in South east Asia. Working with psychedelic colours, he combines precise linework with incredibly rich detail to create mind-bending landscapes.


Thongchai Sirinanthiphak was born in Udonthani, Thailand in 1993. He

graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Faculty of

Architecture, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand in

2005. He is currently Assistant and Printmaker at Pineapple Print Press Studio

in Bangkok. Furthermore, he is also working on various medium to create

artworks for example 2D mixed media, Installation, Pixel Art and Printmaking.

Most of his works are expressed in the form of a picture that has a specific

character of the artist (Bugs, Micro rganism) that is placed and sets the

conditions for some activity in the event.


Gengoya is an Indonesian-born, Japan-based visual artist. His early career was spent as a graphic designer making illustrations for Japanese language-learners, which gave birth to his color-minimalistic illustration style. Gengoya was introduced to NFT in 2021 where he made “BWOPLE”, a progressive NFT project with inclusive-design as the core concept. BWOPLE gained popularity in the Tezos blockchain and became the project that Gengoya is known for. His art often explores themes of accessibility, ensuring his vibrant creations can be enjoyed by a wider audience.


With over 25 years as an award-winning artist from New York, Allan Linder is known for his dynamic range and style that spans multiple mediums - from painting and sculpture to comic books, animation, storyboards for television, and character design. Working at the intersection of physical and digital realms, crafting a visual language of color and texture that reflects our shared culture.


Shelby is a full-time multidisciplinary artist based in the Pacific Northwest. She specializes in creating high quality, customized oil paintings for private collectors and commercial businesses. She works closely with each client to transform spaces, ensuring every work of art is impactful and highly personalized. In addition to oil paintings, she creates digital and animated artworks. These often take the form of crypto-art, utilizing emergent technologies to build her universe through art. Above all else, she is a storyteller; each work is full of hidden and obvious messages, a thread in the tapestry that is her fictional universe called Sunderlands. Each stroke of paint and pen is fueled by her intense passion for world-building, and each piece she creates adds another chapter to this post-apocalyptic world where all her art lives.


Ticketing Information

Seattle NFT Museum is open to the public everyday 12PM - 5PM, closed on Tuesdays. Daily admission tickets are available by visiting www.seattlenftmuseum.com. Admission is now FREE, with a suggested donation of $15. Donation proceeds directly contribute to the operation of the museum and educational programs.


About the Seattle NFT Museum

The Seattle NFT Museum is the world's first physical museum dedicated to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and digital art. It serves as a hub for showcasing groundbreaking digital artworks and exploring the ever-evolving landscape of digital creativity. With a commitment to innovation and education, the Seattle NFT Museum aims to inspire, engage, and challenge audiences through its unique exhibitions and programs. For more information, please visit seattlenftmuseum.com

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