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All the art in the Pygoya Webmuseum was conceived by Pygoya, also known as Rodney Chang- American born, schooled by educational institutions of Hawaii, Illinois, California , Michigan, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Korea and presently residing in the state of Hawaii. The artist has created art since the1960s but turned exclusively to computer graphics as his art medium in 1985. Since been bitten by the computer lovebug the artist has dedicated himself to developing his style through a progression of personal computers and graphic software offered by the marketplace, each popular then becoming "extinct" with more powerful successors. From among the thousands of images on electronic file, the artists selected those he liked the most and/or digital images he thought best depicted the current power of the hardware or the "gestural signature of the software" and had them rendered into paintings on canvas of "museum size" (the average size is 6'x4', the largest 10'x6'). Through collaboration with his "Pyogya International Art Group", painters from Hawaii, Chicago, Belgium and the People's Republic of China, Pygoya compiled the Pygoya Webmuseum's collection of "Cyberpaintings", each derived from an actual painting meticulously reproducing an original digital image by Pygoya. In the real world the paintings are labelled "Paint Outs", a take off from the term "print out". But in Pygoya's creative world, the paintings now serve as intermediaries to the final virtual image as presented on the Internet in his virtual reality online museum. The painting series, still being extended in size, are photographed, scanned back into the computer and carefully edited by Pygoya for the final Web visual presentation. In a sense, a finalized original digital image is produced by the artist from an original painting that was intially designed by the same artist using the computer.
The exhibition floors of the museum include both "cyberpaintings" derived from actual paintings and "cyberdigitals", or original digital imagery. The latter are actual first generation digital images created by Pygoya with the intention to unveil them within the cyberspace of the Web. Such intent thereby makes them "cyberart". The primary audience for such work is the Internet browser turned virtual museum visitor. "Reproductions" of such cyberart are the printouts and photographs of the images that are framed and exhibited in galleries and public exhibitions as "computer art" or hard copy "art prints" made available in the museum's Gift Shop and Collector's Gallery.
Pygoya remains a member of the Hawaii Computer Art Society (online artists can join them through their homepage), Hawaii's first computer artists group that he founded back in 1989. Membership is open to all artists abroad and includes participation in the prestigious annual "Hawaiian Computer Art Exhibition" at the city of Honolulu's city hall that is co-sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Culture & the Arts.
Nondigital and more traditional art is also offered in the museum's gift shop and The Collector's Gallery. The museum staff realizes that digital art is not what everybody prefers to collect. So to accomodate our visitors a varied selection of art collectibles are offered. This inclusion of current popular art expands the range of art experience in visiting the museum.
Offered are limited edition prints and original oil paintings of successful Hawaiian artist Tran Phuong. Phuong , growing up in the French culture of the former city of Saigon,Vietnam, continues painting with the influence of French Impressionism. That, combined with his keen eye and sensitivity to his tropical environment, enables the artist to create beautiful landscapes of "Paradise". In Hawaii the artist operates an art gallery and teaches a stable of students in his school of painting .
Mingli Jiang creates contemporary Chinese art that also demonstrates the influence of living in the colorful paradise of Hawaii. Originally from the People's Republic of China where he was a college art instructor, Jiang now resides in Hawaii where he continues to bridge traditional Chinese imagery with Western styles of painting and drawing. A fabric manufacturing company commissions the artist to create designs for Japanese and Hawaiian clothing. Should you purchase a "muu muu" or an "aloha shirt" in Waikiki or at the world famous Ala Moana Shopping Center (previously claimed to be the largest shopping center in America), you may be buying wardrobe designed by Jiang! Many of the artist's original watercolors have been sold for thousands of dollars in the Images International Gallery. Jiang also creates gorgeous ceramic pieces with his signature style imagery glazed unto the works. Jiang works in his "Ming Jiang Designs" studio in Honolulu.