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Mnookin

b. 1984 in Taiwan
 

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    Shu-Te University (Department of Visual Communication Design), Kaohsiung, Taiwan R.O.C.
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Mnookin Wood (or just Mnookin), is an artist based in the southern part of Taiwan. He creates works inspired by classical children’s paintings, in a surreal illustrative style. His art expresses the beauty of life seen through his artistic lens.

Although the works may appear melancholic at first glance, Mnookin transforms various perceptions and emotions in life into interesting and often whimsical visual stories.

Mnookin observes that since the beginning of human history, stories have been an inseparable part of the human experience. Myths were created to explain and understand nature and the many phenomena observed. As civilizations further developed, these were replaced by the recording of historical events, either in the form of factual retelling or allegorized into stories; and in more modern times, novels, movies, etc.

His art is a reminder that there will always be something beautiful to observe in life, even though on the surface what is seen initially may appear rather bleak.

Apart from painting on canvas, Mnookin has also designed billboards and produced public art murals, skillfully using his visual language through illustrations to create dark, gloomy yet pure and beautiful fairy tale worlds.

無論世界多灰暗,只要站在時間之上用心觀察,總有可愛的事圍繞在我們身邊。
No matter how dark the world is, as long as we stand on top of time and observe carefully, there will always be lovely things around us.

Mnookin

Solo Exhibitions

2021

Silently, The Fables Continue, Online Exhibition

2018

[S]torise Fables Solo Exhibition, Eagle Café, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2017

No Big Deal, It’s Just A Small Thing, White Memory Art Space, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2011

Of Theirs, From Theirs, Apeuls Coffee, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Group Exhibitions

2023

Art Fair Asia Fukuoka 2023, Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall B, Fukuoka, Japan (with Artemis Art)
MoCAF 2023 (Modern & Contemporary Art Fair 2023), The Grand Ballroom, Fairmont Makati, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines (with Artemis Art)
Art Taichung 2023, The Lin Hotel, Taichung, Taiwan (with Artemis Art)

2019

Group Exhibition at Hsiung Kang Sin Yi Art Museum, Eagle Art Centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2018

Regent Taipei VIP Night Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

2017

Kaohsiung Design Festival, Timeless Truth Mask (TTM) Mode d’ Amour, Kaohsiung , Taiwan

2016

Art Square Taipei 2016, The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Art Kaohsiung 2016, City Suites, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
New Rising Collection, Taiwan Artcci Co., Ltd., Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2015

Journey of Flavour, Red Barn Factory & Tours, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2013

Kaohsiung Design Festival 2013 – Kaohsiung’s Pride of Taste, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Teddy Bear Circus Cabin Installation, Park Lane by CMP, Taichung, Taiwan
Culture & Creative Backflow in Okayama Kaohsiung Cultural & Creative Design Talents Return-To-The-City Plan Featured Illustration Exhibition, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Illustrated Bird Houses Warm Up The City – Hundred Birds Store Opening Plan, Eslite Spectrum Park Lane, Taichung, Taiwan
Let’s Party! Eat and Art Food Concept Exhibition, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The Delight of Chinese Character Festival, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2012

South Taiwan, So Cool!, Taiwan Design Expo 2012, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2011

Gone. Time. Revolving, Kaohsiung Design Festival, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
“Little Girl” Installation, South Taiwan Cultural and Creative Garden, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Möbius Strip, Coffee Bird Cafe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Scarlet House Hand-Painted Group Exhibition, Malis Art Studio, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Taiwan Original Illustration Exhibition, HAM Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
See Me In Your Eyes – DreamPhoto Exhibition (Original Digital Interactive Art Exhibition), XMS Media Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Here Comes ‘Nian Shou’ Installation, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2010

Freeze The Moment (Photography Exhibition), Kaohsiung Design Festival, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2009

Play Design, HAM Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

Awards

2011

Selected for Kaohsiung Cultural & Creative Design Talents Return-To-The-City Stationed in The Pier-2 Art Center – Dayi Warehouse Group Scholarship Program, Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City Government, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2021

Silver Award, The 6th Young Designers’ Competition (Graphic Design Category), Taipei, Taiwan

Publications

2011

See Me In Your Eyes – DreamPhoto Exhibition, Bella Taiwan Magazine Illustration Commission, August/2011 Issue 327

2010

Of theirs, From theirs, eBook Publication, Webineti Publishing/ Chunghwa Telecom Hami Book-City
Youth Innovative Design Festival Special Feature – Illustration Design, Dpi Design Magazine Vol. 134

Public Art Projects

2021

Set Out to Explore” & “Vow”, Urban Aesthetics – Ten-Ideals Green Corridor Mural, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2020

Cat Stationmaster’s Office, Trompe L’oeil Design, Kaohsiung Ciaotou Sugar Refinery MRT Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2019

Long-established Cun-Ji Graffiti Painting, The Former Fongshan Navy Mingde Disciplinary Camp, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2015

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Reconstruction Mural Project, Cianjhen District Zhudong Township, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2013

Spiral Staircase Painting, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (Sanduo Store), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2012

Ten-Ideals” & “Ten-Sceneries”, Painting in Military Dependent Village, The Former Fongshan Navy Mingde Disciplinary Camp, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Mural Art, Helen Coffee, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Waterfront Graffiti, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Kaohsiung City Jiuru Street Art Factory Street Graffiti, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Design Work

2014

Kaohsiung Storytelling Puppet Festival Visual Communication Design, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Kaohsiung Public Main Library Handbook Editor, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Fangliao Railway Art Village Group Exhibition Visual Design, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (Kaohsiung Zuoying Store), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2013

China Women’s Foundation Mascot Design

2011

Discreet Party (Books), Illustration Design

2010

The Flavor of Military Dependents Village Kaohsiung (Books) Illustration Design, Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City Government

Other Activities of Note

2019

Artist by Contract for Hsiung Kang Construction, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2016

Resident Artist at Dagouding Art Village, Yancheng, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2011

Resident Illustrator at Kaohsiung Chapter 1 Cafe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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