From 15 to 18 September 2019 US based artist and illustrator Jasper Wong is visiting Rotterdam street art festival POW! WOW!, through the Open Call of Het Nieuwe Instituut's International Visitors Programme.
Stichting Hip Hip In Je Smoel has invited Wong, founder and lead director of POW! WOW! worldwide, to the second edition of POW! WOW! Rotterdam. Wong's visit will consist of a talk during the opening night of POW! WOW! Rotterdam as well as visits to various cultural hotspots in Rotterdam aiming at the exchange of knowledge and reinforcement of international networks.
Jasper Wong is an artist, illustrator, curator and art director. He is a man who wears many hats and is best known for his art that is a unique clash of Asian-influenced pop culture on paper. Wong has exhibited worldwide, in places such as Japan, California, France, London, Mexico, New York, Hong Kong, Chicago, and Australia and he has been selected on multiple occasions by Archive magazine as one of the 200 Best Illustrators worldwide. He has also scored press in publications such as Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Taschen’s Illustration Now, Hypebeast, Booooooom, Arrested Motion, Hi-Fructose, Acclaim, Complex, Vice, Highsnobiety, VNA, Street Art News and Juxtapoz. He has consecutively been chosen as one of the HB100, a list of Hypebeast's 100 most influential figures in the industry, which includes the likes of Kaws, Pharrell, Banksy, Jay Z and Kanye West.
Wong is also the founder of a gallery in Hong Kong called Above Second. In its existence, both Monocle magazine and CNN have chosen it as one of the best galleries in the city. He is the creator and lead director of POW! WOW!, which is a non-profit organization of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment through the creation of art outreach programs, educational programs and engaging the community in the creation and appreciation of art. The festival has done projects in 13 cities around the globe, such as Honolulu, Taipei, Tokyo, Nepal, Guam, Seoul, Israel, and others.