After graduating Tokyo University of the Arts and entering the world of special effect make-up, Jiro established JUR Co., Ltd. Currently, he works not only as a special effects make-up artist but also as a creative director in film, drama, TVCM and other fields. His power of expression and solid techniques are highly praised by people in Japan and overseas. Jiro is attracting attention as a reformer of facepaint, SFX make-up and art. He became a certified champion after winning two championships at TV TOKYO and was selected as one of the "Make-up Around the World: The Global Family of Artists" on the Make-up Artist Magazine. He creates artwork with advanced painting techniques and attracting the world with his power of ideas and high-quality works. In 2017, he published his very first art book „Amazing JIRO - SPECIAL MAKEUP".
Mimi Choi, Canada
Mimi Choi is a Vancouver-based professional make-up artist renowned for her unique artistic style. Since graduating from Blanche Macdonald Centre in 2014, her pioneering illusionary work has garnered international attention and a large following on social media (@mimles). Mimi was born in Macau, known for its distinct European and Chinese influences. Mimi’s inspiration stems from various sources. This includes patterns and textures from her surroundings, photoshopped digital art, and surreal paintings from artists such as Salvador Dali. In addition, Mimi uses her bouts of sleep paralysis, in which she experiences vivid hallucinations, to fuel her imagination. Mimi instructs at Blanche Macdonald and leads various masterclasses where she demonstrates her iconic looks. She also freelances as artistic director for various campaigns. Her CV includes collaborations with brands such as UNICEF, Samsung, Food Network and Warner Brothers to name a few.
Matt Valentine, USA
Matt Valentine is a self taught artist known for his hyper-stylized conceptual designs. Matt has a reputation of interjecting subliminal, abstract, and anthropomorphic esoteric symbolism into each piece he creates. He also teaches makeup SFX workshops worldwide, spreading his unique techniques to artists abound and giving back to the community. To this day, the name Matt Valentine is more widely known as the creator of the infamous Tim Burton-inspired Ice Cream Clown created on Face Off Season 2. He has recently worked for Glenn Hetrick ( The Hunger Games, Star Trek Discovery and others) and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar and Prometheus). Matt is the current and series finale champion of Syfy’s hit series Face Off Battle Royale. He currently operates his FX studio, Global Fear Enterprises – a studio that specializes in premium FX costumes, custom creations, make-ups, conceptual and graphic design.
Elke Kim, Germany
Born in Cologne, Elke Kim is an internationally exhibiting painter and active make-up artist. She trained at the Cologne Opera and worked on productions for Peter Stein, Wim Wenders, Luc Bondy and Robert Wilson at the Schaubühne in Berlin. For more than 30 years, she has been creating hair and make-up for TV, films and photo productions. As a make-up coach, she trains make-up artists. National and international stars such as Tom Hanks, Ralf Möller, Mark Keller, Jenke von Wilmsdorff and many others had their make-up done in her studio at Cologne's Rheinauhafen. Her philosophy is: See your face as a beautiful piece of landscape and be inspired by what you see.
Friedrich-Daniel Schlemme, Germany
Friedrich-Daniel Schlemme lives and works as a freelance artist in Berlin. From 1987 to 1989, he studied visual communication and sculpture as well as free painting at the HDK Berlin. He participated in several stone sculpting workshops under the direction of Y. Hashimoto and was a master student of Professor Stelzmann at the HDK Berlin in 1997. Since 2002, he has also been teaching at the Make-up Art School Hasso von Hugo in Berlin, where he is Head of Drawing, Modelling, Theatre Make-up and Colour Design. His works have been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in galleries and art houses at home and abroad. For his work, amongst others, he was awarded the art prize of the city of Limburg and the art prize of the city of Madrid.
Michael Loncin, Belgium
With his knowledge and skills, Michael Loncin is everywhere, where special effects are in demand. He handles tricky tasks for movies such as The Shadow Within as well as for performances at the Brussels Opera and at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. For a long time, he was responsible for the SFX area of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. He works internationally as lecturer for renowned make-up schools, theatres and TV studios. In Brussels, he opened the first training centre for special effects in Belgium and trains students in this specialist area.
Annette von Hugo
Annette von Hugo, Germany
Annette von Hugo began her professional career as a hairdresser. Her interest in imparting knowledge led her to her studies and to her future profession as a student teacher. Inspired by her previous profession as a hairdresser and her marriage to the well-known make-up artist Hasso von Hugo, she opened the make-up school Hasso von Hugo with her husband in 1990. There she worked as a lecturer and managing director until October 2018. During her school career, she accompanied various film projects as a supervisor.