Bachelor of Fine Arts – First Class Honours, University of Canterbury New Zealand
Master of Fine Arts – with Distinction, University of Canterbury New Zealand
Born in Taiwan and educated in Christchurch New Zealand, raised in an apple orchard with tall poplar trees. The source if his inspirations come from his observation between the Eastern and the Western cultures. Joseph is very grateful for the bi-lingual aspect in his life, which gave him a special perspective and meaning to his work. A second language has broadened his understanding in Typo-Graphic Design. He has won numerous awards since secondary education; one of the highest awards was the ‘Ethel Rose Overton Scholarships’, which went towards his Masters study at the School of Fine Arts.
Joseph has been in the creative industry for 10 years, specializing in Logo Design, Corporate Identity System, Brand Management, Book Design, SEO, Web Design and Web Development. Servicing business start-ups, personal studios, small-medium companies to large corporates around the world.
Joseph has traveled many places around the world, capturing some of the most stunning images. Proud organiser of ‘Our World Photo Exhibition’, which helped raised fund towards the local community.
Joseph and his fellow photographer James To, together established ‘ToKuphoto‘ Community Photographers, taking photos for events at local clubs. They also specialize in product, fashion & wedding photography.
Joseph also teaches, he has provided one to one art classes for kids, as well as high school students at the Bursary level.
“Anybody can draw, but not everyone has the confidence to start drawing“. Joseph encourages drawing without boundaries; drawing from memory and experiences are good ways to help children develop and discover their artistic interests. Through Joseph’s teaching methods that the children are able to build confidence and get the most enjoyment out of drawing! Joseph is a strong believer that kids learn the most when they love what they do!
‘Design helps the world a better place’, we are keen contributors in our local communities. We are proud sponsors for the International Buddhist Association, Papanui Church Choir, Lions Club, as well as SunStar Orphanage in Nepal.
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