Chroma Connect 2015 Speakers /

J.A.W. Cooper | USA

J.A.W. Cooper was born in England and grew up in Africa, Sweden, Ireland and various other locations throughout Europe and California. From an early age Cooper’s love of drawing and curiosity toward the natural world evolved organically, traveling around the globe with freshwater ecologist for parents. J.A.W. Cooper currently lives and works as a freelance illustrator, gallery and sketch artist in Los Angeles, California.

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Jacky Ke Jiang | USA

(Jacky) Ke Jiang joined TGC in 2009 as an Animator and Modeler on Journey. After the Journey project, Ke went to work for Disney Feature Animation Studios and Cartoon Network on award-winning movies and cartoons like Frozen, Wreck it Ralph, Paperman, Adventure Time etc. Ke is currently back at thatgamecompany as Art Director on the next project while simultaneously creating weekly animations for and making daily analog doodles at

In the past decade Ke completed his degree in Animation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at the same time came across Half-Life 2. The brilliance and artistry of the game awoke in his subdued heart a passionate desire to work in the video game industry. After acquiring his BFA at MCAD, Ke continued to pursue his interest in animation and gaming at the California Institute of the Arts, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Animation. Ke believes strongly in video games as a distinct art form with the capacity to engage its audience like no other.

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Benjamin | CHINA

Benjamin is a prolific Chinese Manhua (Chinese Comics) Artist and illustrator whose work has been published in many different countries and languages. His vibrant colourful digital painting style has earned him comparisons to a modern Monet by art academics. Common themes found in Benjamin’s work include Chinese Rock, coming of age, social anxiety and other fragments of reality amongst the lives of urban youth in modern China. He is also the lead editor of True Colours – a comics and literature anthology magazine.

His publications include: Comics – ‘One Day’, ‘Remember’, ‘Orange’, ‘Savior’. Art Collections – ‘Flash’, ‘Chinese Girls’. Full-length Novels – ‘Where shall we go?’, ‘The Basement’. Shorts Collections – ‘One of these Days’ and ‘Travel+Painting=World’.

Alongside his creative practice, Benjamin is also the Chairman of BEIJING HUISE New Media Co., Ltd, and founder of Natural Color International Visual Art Academy where he currently lectures.

Benjamin on Comicvine

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Wenna | CHINA

Born in 1981 in Beijing, Wenna graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Art from Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. She lives and works in Beijing and Jingdezhen, China, and specializes in large-scale mural arts, illustration, ceramics and sculpture.

Her diverse living mural projects can be found across major cities of China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Nanchang, Jingdezhen, Leshan etc.) as well as Taiwan, Europe and many other nations and cultures.

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