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About the village  

Pocapoca, written in Japanese scripts “ぽかぽか”, means making others warm. There’s all sorts of lovely stories happening everyday in the Village Pocapoca. Chief Poca uses her spare time to put them down in words and drawings, and hence the flourish of this place…

About the Chief of Village   

Poca

Poca is a Taiwanese freelance illustrator. The name, Poca, is derived from the Japanese language, Poka-Poka, which has the meaning of “showing tenderness to others” as she hopes to bring joy and courage to the readers through her works. She is best known for her childlike and playful illustrations with heartfelt stories.

 

Having worked as a freelance illustrator for 8 years, Poca has gained popularity within the industry through social media and many successful exhibitions she held over the years. With her artistic passion for picture book drawing as well as short story writing, it has led her to win the Unique Picture Book Award for Taiwan Picture Book Association in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Her illustrations can also be seen in Taiwan’s leading children’s newspaper, Mandarin Daily News, since 2014.

 

Not only does Poca draw picture books, but she paints murals of all sizes for schools, coffee shops, and public spaces. Besides, she also works as a graphic designer and designs logos, packaging, campaigns, event cards, and posters for businesses.

 

Moreover, she has collaborated with Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Reading Theater on children’s plays, where she innovatively combines the illustrations and short stories of her picture books with the orchestra.

 

The first series of her picture book “The Little Kappa -The First Day at A New School” was published in January, 2020, and the following series is expected to come out soon.

Education

Master of Arts, Arts and Humanities Education,
Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan.

 

Training in Courses of Picture book/Illustration,
Chinese Culture University, Taiwan.

 

Bachelor of Arts, Chinese Literature,
National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan.

Exhibition

Solo Exhibitions

December 2019

Young art Kaohsiung

Pier2, Dayong Warehouse

May - June 2019

An Illustrated Guide to the Ships

Pier2, Young Gallery

November - December 2016
Fish Catching in Kuandu
Taipei National University of the Arts / Taipei, Taiwan

June - July 2015  
Kappa’s Diary
Aglow Space / Tainan, Taiwan

October - November 2014
Bon Voyage
Dessert Hyvä / Taichung, Taiwan

August - September 2014
Bon Voyage
Changee / Taipei, Taiwan

 

Group Exhibitions

 

October-November, 2018 

The impression of Tainan

One day shop cafe  / Tainan, Taiwan

September 2015 - February 2016  
The Gifts
Red Barn Factory & Tours / Kaohsiung, Taiwan

June - July 2014
Give me Five
Retro  / Taichung, Taiwan
Factory mojoCoffee / Taichung, Taiwan

February - March 2014
Tastes of Your Life
Chiayi Cultural & Creative Industries Park / Chiayi, Taiwan

September - October 2012
Flying Factory

School of Continuing Education of Chinese Culture University / Taipei, Taiwan

Crossover Performance

May 13, 2018

Taipei Philharmonic Music

Kappa's Dairy: Go to Work With Mom/ MusicReading Theater

May 21, 2017

Taipei Philharmonic Music

Kappa's Diary: The Blue Journey/ MusicReading Theater

June 25, 2017

Taipei Philharmonic Music

The Illustrated Guide to the Ships of the North/ MusicReading Theater

Awards

2016 Unique Picture Book Award
Honorable Mention / Taiwan Picture Book Artists Association

2015 Environmental Protection Picture Book Award
Honorable Mention /  Taiwan Environmental Information Association

2014 Unique Picture Book Award
Honorable Mention/ Taiwan Picture Book Artists Association

Artist Residencies

April - June 2019  

Pier-2 Artist In Residence, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

February - March 2016  

Cheng-pin Fish Port, Keelung, Taiwan

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