Wisut Ponnimit (Thailand)
Wisut Ponnimit is a cartoonist, animator, artist, and musician. He is most known for creating the cartoon character Mamuang, which is famous in both Thailand and Japan, as well as hesheit, a Thai manga that has been translated into English and Japanese. Wisut has actively produced works in various genres: illustrations, animation, music composition. In Yokohama Triennale 2005, he caught the attention of Japanese manga publishers and signed contracts with Shinchosha and Shogakukan, from that discovery, he has become one of the key foreign artists in Japan’s manga scene. His knowledge and practice in Eastern philosophy and his straightforward storytelling technique have informed his artistic works. Subtle expressions of Ponnimit’s works have succeeded in communicating widely to a diverse group of people.
Wisut’s works have been continually published and exhibited, including a sci-fi comic book named Smoke Under the Hat in 2003 and Chingcha published in Ikki Comics from 2007 to 2010.
Wisut received the Manga Encouragement Award from the Japan Media Art Festival in 2009 for his work hesheit aqua, and held a solo exhibition at Gallery KIDO Press in Tokyo, Japan.
His book Mamuangchan was released in 2012, following by Him Her That which was published in 2013.
In 2016, he also participated in the Saitama Triennale art exhibition in Japan. He had a solo exhibition at Bangkok City City Gallery titled MELO House in 2015 and LR in 2017 and Share exhibition at Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, in 2019. Wisut held a solo exhibition, Mamuang Walk at Trendy Gallery in 2020, followed by UOY MA I at Trendy Gallery in 2021.