Closing Remarks of UNKNOWN ASIA 2022

'Kiyo Bank presents UNKNOWN ASIA 2022' has drawn to a successful close on Sunday, October 16. The executive committee would like to thank all the participating artists, sponsors, judges, reviewers, visitors, and everyone who supported the fair!
UNKNOWN ASIA was launched in 2015 as an art fair focusing on Asian artists, and this was its 8th year. Although the booth-style exhibitions have characterized this event since its inception, due to the global pandemic, the 2020 fair was held online and a hybrid-style was adopted in 2021. This year, for the first time since the pre-pandemic 2019, we were able to hold the event in its usual exhibition style. The number of visitors increased significantly compared to last year, with the attendance of a total of 10,118 visitors. The venue was constantly bustling with artists and visitors alike, and we feel that the three-day exhibition successfully showcased the potential of art. On the other hand, it was most regrettable that the Asian artists had difficulties promoting their exhibitions, as their works are one of the main features of UNKNOWN ASIA. We hope to invite Asian artists to return to Osaka in the future so that more visitors can experience the landscape of Asian art.
The committee would like to thank each artist who has chosen to participate in this year's fair and present their works of art here under such uncertain conditions. We hope they will continue collaborating with the sponsors, judges, and reviewers, and that what they gained through this experience will serve as a springboard for even greater future success.
The winner of this year’s Grand Prix was Mr. Masamitsu Okada, whose works were selected as the main visual for UNKNOWN ASIA 2022, which meant his art was in the public eye even before the event kicked off. While this has surely put him under tremendous pressure to live up to the high expectations, his artwork, exhibition, and presentation exceeded any preconceived notions and were genuinely deserving of the Grand Prix. Congratulations!
At the awards ceremony, Mr. Okada commented that it was gratifying to see how much people valued the artwork made by the artists who gave everything to their creative process. His profound words have certainly echoed the sentiments of all artists struggling toward the future. UNKNOWN ASIA aims to broaden the scope of artists’ activities as well as providing a platform for value creation, and we will continue to support the fantastic artists.
We wish you good health and hope that we will be able to come and go freely in Asia again.
Thank you very much for your support!

October 18, 2022
UNKNOWN ASIA Executive Committee
Ryo Takahashi, Executive Producer


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